… from Paul McCartney to The Pope, we couldn’t help but both comment on the remarkable similarities in response that millions of attendees display at those two seemingly disparate gatherings. But as McCartney pulls into Dallas/ Ft.Worth this week to close yet another stadium erected by captains of industry to worship the twin towers of competition and capitalism, who dares try to convince the pilgrims filing in, ages eight to eighty with stars in their eyes and a song ( okay, three hundred songs ) in their hearts, that this isn’t a religious experience?
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Paul McCartney joins me In the Studio here in part two of the Beatles’ “White Album” 55th anniversary to explore the songs “Birthday”, Lennon’s “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey”, Paul’s “Mother Nature’s Son”, one of three versions of “Revolution”, the campy pally band arrangement on “Honey Pie”, Lennon’s “Cry Baby Cry”, and the real inspiration behind the song which figured into the notorious Charles Manson multiple murder case,”Helter Skelter”.
Paul McCartney returns for “Flowers in the Dirt” In the Studio #1500 with Redbeard !
The Beatles #1+ sellers including “Lady Madonna”,”Hey Jude”,”Get Back”,”Something”,”Come Together”,”Let It Be”, and “The Long and Winding Road”. Paul McCartney hosts part two, and additional comments from my interviews with the late George Harrison are here, too
Like Mahatma Gandhi and the Reverend Dr.Martin Luther King jr. , deeply committed social reformers dedicated to peaceful change , John Lennon was assassinated December 8 , 1980 . I am reminded of a wall poster in the very early 1970s which chillingly showed the barrel of a gun pointed right between the viewer’s eyes from a distance of about one inch . Underneath it stated simply , ” Just because you have silenced a man does not mean you have converted him .”
Do not be misled . The forces of evil manifested in intolerance , fear , power , and greed killed John Lennon . Mark Chapman was simply the unwitting trigger man . But like Gandhi , Dr. King , John & Bobby Kennedy , Anwar Sadat in the Mid East, and Benigno Aquino in the Philippines , John Lennon was unbowed to his worldly end in the belief that ” all you need is love ” .
To carve in three dimensions the zeitgeist of the Summer of Love in 1967 America, you would have to chisel the Jefferson Airplane’s second album “Surrealistic Pillow” into any Mt. Rushmore of Rock…Jefferson Airplane co-founder singer/songwriter Marty Balin (who passed away 2018), Grace Slick, and rhythm guitarist/songwriter Paul Kantner, who died in 2016, joined me for this landmark recording “Surrealistic Pillow” released the first week of February 1967.
Paul McCartney, after the Beatles breakup, made a much-anticipated return to the stage in 1976.
It was fifty years ago that US audiences were introduced through a Paul McCartney song,”Come and Get It”, to a little-known English band The Iveys, soon to be rechristened Badfinger and to become second only to The Beatles in sales on the Apple Records label.
Here is Genesis 30 June 1990 performing “Mama” to over 100,000 on one humid, rainy day at that year’s annual Knebworth Festival outside London.
Elton John himself confirms here that indeed he and lyricist Bernie Taupin did compose “Philadelphia Freedom” not in 1975 for the US bicentennial the following year, as has been erroneously mythologized for decades, but in fact 1973, twenty years before this spectacular live performance outside Boston during the Walden Woods Benefit at Foxborough Stadium Labor […]