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We All Stand Together - The Paul McCartney Appreciation Thread
25 August 2021
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Ron Nasty said
How meeting your heroes doesn’t always go as you want…

(This thread should be pinned.)

  

Laughed so hard I coughed.

Please don’t let that be how it goes if I ever get to meet Paul. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

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Last week I started my journey through McCartney’s Wing/Solo back catalogue. So far, Press To Play has been my least favourite listen. On Saturday I got a little over excited and bought 3 CDs – McCartney, Ram and (the 2cd Archive version of) Flaming Pie for £30. If I’d thought about it, I probably could’ve got them second hand for less than half the price.

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2002 BBC documentary, There’s Only One Paul McCartney

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The Beatles Bible 2020 non-Canon Poll Part One: 1958-1963 and Part Two: 1964-August 1966

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It’s a brilliant documentary with great contributions from Cilla, Phill Jupitus, Travis, Dale Winton, Meryl Steep, etc.

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Fabulous fringes. Love that line.

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Ahhh Girl said
Fabulous fringes. Love that line.

  

Me too. They really did have amazing fringes.

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Also certainly have had plenty of admiration for Bob Geldof, both as a musician, but especially as a humanitarian, so his shared admiration of Paul definitely makes me smile.

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I love the story about Aunty Gin going to have a word with Paul about the drugs!

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My hot take is that after the Beatles split they went down the paths of spiritualism, solipsism, alcoholism, and Paul McCartney

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Ok, I’m driving myself a bit loopy here. Hopefully someone can help.

I’m looking for a documentary, either about the Beatles or specifically about Paul. Someone (I’m pretty sure it’s Barry Miles) talks about visiting Paul at the Asher house, and unless I dreamed it, mentions a room being done up in Norwegian Wood .

Now, I’ve watched a *lot* of Beatles content since December, so I’m having trouble placing it. I should have taken notes! ahdn_john_08_gif

I thought at first it was There’s Only One Paul McCartney (linked above), but that doesn’t cover the Indica gallery period at all. Then I thought it was How the Beatles Changed the World on Prime Video, but I got to the part where Miles talks about meeting Paul and the line I think I remember wasn’t in it.

Does it ring any bells for anyone?

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@meaigs, could this be what you’re thinking about?

https://www.beatlesbible.com/s…..has-flown/

Has this part from Paul in Many Years From Now, Barry Miles

John told Playboy that he hadn’t the faintest idea where the title came from but I do. Peter Asher had his room done out in wood, a lot of people were decorating their places in wood. Norwegian Wood . It was pine really, cheap pine. But it’s not as good a title, ‘Cheap Pine’, baby…

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Interesting. I could swear I can see Barry Miles saying it, but that snippet gives me hope I didn’t make it up whole-cloth paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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I found it! It’s in the Understanding McCartney youtube series:

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My favorite picture of the Beatles is on the cover of the (American) Beatles VI album:The four of them have their hands on some mysterious object that turns out to be … a cake knife … in a cake. So Macca had had practice. 🙂

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80 Artists Pick Their Favorite Paul McCartney Song For His 80th Birthday

 

https://www.stereogum.com/2187…..-playlist/

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There are some brilliant artists with great choices there and I love the artwork that they did for the article featuring five pictures of Paul throughout his career. 

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Allison Russell’s entry about Blackbird is extremely moving.

 

I’ve loved the song “Blackbird ” since I first heard Caroline O’Neal, an older girl I had a crush on in high school, singing it. I loved it before I knew who Paul McCartney was or who the Beatles were. Pop culturally speaking — I grew up under a rock. The tyrant who ruled our household and who was my primary abuser in childhood — my white supremacist adoptive father — hated pop music. We were punished severely if we ever tried to listen to it. Nevertheless, so ubiquitous and undeniable is Paul McCartney ’s oeuvre that I was influenced anyway via a 16-year-old girl covering “Blackbird ” at a co-ed high school in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in the ’90s.

Blackbird ” is a song that feels universal and eternal. It seems to pull from the Hidden Canon of Folkloric songs and stories handed down orally and intergenerationally, usually along matrilineal lines. I heard it as secret women’s wisdom and resistance — I felt as though I already knew the poetry and the melody from that first moment. I never forgot them. It reminded me of songs and tales my Scottish grandmother, Isobel, shared with me.

It was many years before I learned that Paul McCartney had written “Blackbird ” about the Civil Rights Struggle for Black Americans. That he had written it after reading about Race Riots and an incident in Little Rock, Arkansas. That he had written it sitting at his kitchen table in Scotland with the express intention of giving the people going through the struggle for recognized equality some hope. Mission accomplished, Sir Paul. I felt that hearing it secondhand as an oppressed and abused black child in Montreal back then and I still hear it as freedom and hope to this day.

Imagine feeling a connection to a song like that, and then finding out it was literally written for you, to encourage and support you. heart

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Meaigs, this is truly a thought provoking essay. Even though I have a completely different frame of reference, I can relate to a lot of her points. Popular music was also not allowed in my childhood home. My exposure to it for many years was totally at random. A cousin with an Elvis record, an aunt that liked jazz, or a teacher that played folk music on rainy days when we couldn’t have recess. I remember when I was seven my parents left me and my brother in a hotel room alone while they went to play slot machines in Reno. I went and sat by the pool and heard the song I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry playing on someone’s radio. That was the first time I ever tapped in to the Hidden Canon of Folkloric songs and felt emotion that I had never previously experienced. Later I bought this transistor radio at a garage sale for $0.25 and my life was changed forever. The first time I heard She Loves You was while hiding under my blankets pretending I was asleep with this little radio held hard to my ear. 

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Sometime later, my high school friends and I used to spend a lot of time playing guitar and singing songs. One thing we loved about the White Album was that there were quite a few acoustic songs that could be recreated note for note. Blackbird was our favorite. If we screwed up we would start again until we played it perfectly from start to end. Tell you the truth, I had no idea that it was connected to the Civil Rights movement and never heard it in that context. I was however well aware that for all my life I had been waiting for this moment to arise.

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