an intimate life of paul mccartney

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Obviously the biggie I miss working with is John because that was something very special and you know it’s very difficult to replicate that, in fact it’s almost impossible, because we met each other as teenagers and went through a lot of life together: hitchhiking to Paris and holidays and working together and being in Hamburg together with The Beatles. So we were very intimate, we knew each other intimately as only teenage friends can.” - Paul McCartney

SOME LEGIT MCLENNON QUOTES:
  • “One of my great memories from John is from when we were having some argument. I was disagreeing and we were calling each other names. We let it settle for a second and then he lowered his glasses and he said, ‘It’s only me…’ and then he put his glasses back on again. To me, that was John.” -Paul
  • “We were each other’s intimates.” -Paul, The Beatles: A Biography
  • “Paul and I know each other on a lot of different levels that very few people know about.” -John
  • Q Magazine - 1998 
    Q: “If John Lennon could come back for a day, how would you spend it with him?”
    Paul: “In bed.”
  • “I have had two companions in my life. Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono. That’s not bad” –John
  • Interview of 1975 for Hit parader
    Q: “Yeah, your friends…”
    John: “Yes, all your best friends let you know what’s going on. I was trying to put it ‘round that I was gay, you know– I thought that would throw them off… dancing at all the gay clubs in Los Angeles, flirting with the boys… but it never got off the ground.”
    Q: “I think I’ve only heard that lately about Paul.”
    John: “Oh, I’ve had him, he’s no good.”
    (laughter) 
  • John talking about when Paul first joined The Quarry Men: “But he was good, he was worth having. He looked like Elvis. I dug him.”
  • “Whatever bad things John said about me, he would also slip his glasses down to the end of his nose and say, ’I love you’. That’s really what I hold on to. That’s what I believe. The rest is showing off.” -Paul
  •  “A song by an old estranged fiancee of mine called Paul” -John speaking of “I Saw Her Standing There”
  • “She (Yoko) recalls hearing people in the Apple office who called McCartney 'John’s Princess.’” -Unknown (Cant find who said this but it was someone who worked at Apple)
  • “One time Paul had a chick in bed and John came in and got a pair of scissors and cut all her clothes into pieces calling her a whore and what not. He got like that occassionaly.”-George
  • “I just saw a girl who said she saw John Lennon walking down the street in New York wearing a button that said, "I love Paul.” she asked him, “Why are you wearing an 'I love Paul’ button?” and he said, “Because I love Paul.”-Harry Nillson
  • “He was always saying, 'I wonder what Paul is doing.’ When John and I were together, and this is about a week or two before our relationship ended, I remember him saying, 'Do you think I should write with Paul again?’ I said, 'Absolutely. You should because you want to. The two of you as solo performers are good, but together you can’t be beaten.” -May Pang
  • “We were recording the other night, and I just wasn’t there. Neither was Paul. We were like two robots going through the motions. We do need each other alot. When we used to get together after a month off, we used to be embarrassed about touching each other. We’d do an elaborate handshake just to hide the embarrassment… or we did mad dances. Then we got to hugging each other.” -John

Im just saying if they aren't your OTP they should at least be your BROTP because hell they loved each other SO fucking much and that is obvious. Even after the break-up of the Beatles when they both were so stubborn and angry with each other they still cared for each other so much. Their friendship is golden and a beautiful, beautiful thing. 

One of the TV reporters asked Paul when he’d heard the news John had been killed. ‘I got a phone call this morning,’ Paul replied, giving clipped answers.

‘From whom?’
‘From a friend of mine.’
‘Are you planning to go over for the funeral?’
‘I don’t know yet.’
‘What were you recording today?’
‘I was just listening to some stuff, you know. I just didn’t want to sit at home.’
‘Why?’
Bridling at the impertinence, Paul replied: ‘I didn’t feel like it.’ When the reporters began repeating their questions, Paul concluded the interview with an offhand rhetorical question. ‘It’s a drag, isn’t it?’ he asked the newsmen, still chewing. ‘OK, cheers, goodbye …’ - after which he got in his red Mercedes and was driven away.

The clip was used prominently in news broadcasts around the world that night, including Britain’s News at Ten. ‘“A drag” isn’t how the world will see it,’ commented the ITN newscaster sternly, highlighting the crassness of Paul’s remark. Just as when his mother and his father had died, and when Stuart Sutcliffe passed away, Paul had reacted awkwardly to death, saying and doing the wrong thing. Whatever he really felt […] he gave the impression on the day of not caring, which was very unfortunate because in death John Lennon was transfigured into a tragic hero, seen by many as a much greater man than Paul. On top of the Japanese bust, this was a dreadful end to a horrible year, as well as being one of the defining moments of Paul’s life. His partner in the Beatles, his best friend, with whom he’d fallen out and never been fully reconciled, was gone, and Paul had sent him on his way with a stupid comment. Perhaps it was true what people said of Paul, as he himself thought when the Beatles broke up, perhaps he really was a shit.

(fab: an intimate life of paul mccartney - howard sounes (2010))

this is the first time i had to stop reading a book entirely, swearing to never pick it up again. i can safely say that this is the only achievement of this smear piece masquerading as a biography of paul. and the author has the gall to wonder in an interview why paul or his family weren’t available to speak with him. 

I don’t get why there’s this stupid idea floating around that ‘shipping’ two people means automatically that someone is crazy, stupid or a childish fangirl.

I know why, when talking about john and paul, we always have to underline how much they needed each other, what a great connection they had, and the beautiful chemistry and the bond they shared that made them write the greatest songs of the 20th century, but I don’t get why everytime we talk about the looks they gave each other, it must always be something about ‘friendship’ and ‘being in love in a creative way’.

I don’t get why the word sex is always meant in a shameful way, and imaging that two people, who can’t live without each other, who needed each other like mad, and were attracted by each other in a creative way, couldn’t feel the need to be involved in sex, and try, even once in their life, how does it feel to make love with the most important person in your life.

Sometimes we don’t appreciate the greateness and the power of a sexual connection.

Two people who can’t take their eyes off each other can be curious about their sexuality, and there’s nothing shameful about it.

Specially if these two people are two geniuses that needed each other and wanted to explore each other minds constantly.

The point is: if you love the idea of John and Paul as a friendship it’s fine, if you love the idea of John and Paul as two men who couldn’t live without each other and their relationship as a mix of a friendship and a love affair in which they spent days kissing and making love, it’s always fine.

You don’t need to justify it or to find excuses for it.

You don’t need deep explations or beautiful words, trying to explain that you think they were the best thing ever and they shared a deep bond, but they didn’t have sex ‘cause…’oh, no, maybe that’s too much?’.

‘cause there’s nothing wrong about it.

Sex is the most beautiful and intimate experience that two people can live.

And if a girl or a guy believe John and Paul did it, it’s not shameful, and you’re not better than them for not believing it.

Because just like any other couple in this world, if two people love each other, and have a deep and complex relationship, at one point in their life, they can even experience sex. Even if after they realize it was a mistake. And it doesn’t matter if these two people are named john lennon and paul mccartney. The idea is always the same for everyone in this world.

So stop sharing the idea that a fan who loves the idea of two men being in love with each other is crazy and stupid. ‘Cause I don’t want necessarily think that they made love, or they kissed at least once in their life, but I don’t want to exclude it.

‘Cause if you sit down for a moment, and consider the life the Beatles lived, and the john and paul world, instead of shouting ‘Why?’, change your attitude and your point of view, and for once in your life just think ‘Why not?’.

“I miss working with John because that was something very special and you know it’s very difficult to replicate that. In fact it’s almost impossible because we met each other as teenagers and went through a lot of life together: hitchhiking to Paris and holidays and working together and being in Hamburg together with The Beatles. So we were very intimate, we knew each other intimately as only teenage friends can.“

[Paul, A Conversation With Paul McCartney, [x] 10th June, 2016]


The Beatles at the Star Club, Hamburg, April - May, 1962. 

Pic: TS Productions.

I miss working with John because that was something very special and you know it’s very difficult to replicate that. In fact it’s almost impossible because we met each other as teenagers and went through a lot of life together: hitchhiking to Paris and holidays and working together and being in Hamburg together with The Beatles. So we were very intimate, we knew each other intimately as only teenage friends can.
—  Paul McCartney, 10th June 2016
During the session Paul fell into a lugubrious mood. He said, ‘I’ve just realized that John has gone. John’s gone. He’s dead and he is not coming back.’ And he looked completely dismayed, like shocked at something that had just hit him. I said, ‘Well, it’s been a few weeks now.’ He said, ‘I know, Eric, but I’ve just REALIZED.’
—  Eric Stewart, recalling a studio session in 1981. Howard Sounes, Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney, 2010

final take on fab: an intimate life of paul mccartney: 0.5/5 do not buy save your money find a free copy

(and only because i suppose for a man of his… caliber, it is an achievement to string together a pseudo-coherent sentence.)

these reviews hit the nail on the head:

1)

I kept having the urge to get out a big red marker pen and scribble all over this as I was reading it. “FALSE”, “CONJECTURE”, “PERSONAL OPINION” and “DEAR GOD, ARE PEOPLE STILL BELIEVING THESE OLD PHILIP NORMAN MYTHS” would be the most frequent. It’s always a bad sign when you start mentally correcting a biographer. I love Macca, I don’t love this book. It’s just a hatchet job.

2)

I have problems with the entire book as it was written in a critical way. I found the author looking for petty views of this man he was writing about. For instance, in the research that he did, it appears that he probed to get a tense angle on Paul, no matter what the setting, who the person interviewed, whatever a situation ‘looked like’, without knowing for certain. In a nutshell? This author tries to show us that Paul McCartney is a difficult person, and no matter what, he wound up each situation with that conclusion, as a
Beatle, then as a post Beatle.

i’d like to add that it’s also a bad sign if the author himself feels compelled (or was perhaps compelled by someone else) to add the following sentence to his acknowledgements: “i did not have an agenda to find fault with sir paul”.

even more so, if truly every chapter does just that. indeed, sounes has a negative anecdote for every part of paul’s life.

teenage paul? oh, he was a terrible and cold child after his mother’s death, “unaffected” and citing it as “as evidence of a lack of empathy on paul’s part“. 

pre-beatle paul? a driven egomaniac, showing his true self by being equally cruel to people as to animals, determined to “to be a star anyway” as he “would do anything to get ahead in what he had seemingly decided would be his career” with or without the band. 

beatle paul? from “pushy […] within the group” as a person, to his songs being of an “insipid quality” and “virtually meaningless” simply fitting “rhyming words to a melody, like a hack” and deeming him “to betray an unconscious inferiority complex” to john. what of his depression, you ask? surely, he must acknowledge that? oh yes, he does. posing the theory that paul grew his beard not out of neglect of himself, but simply because it would “help him get about unrecognised” which is every bit as laughable as norman claiming six years later that it “signified was that he was happy”.

post-beatle paul? is equal parts the ruthless businessman, the flighty hack, the strict father, the stingy boss during wings going “berzerk” over a pile of nickles in a game, the violent egomaniac with a temper, threatening and intimidating employees and family alike. he unquestioningly cites schwartz’s body count and jann wenner’s lennon remembers. he derides first and important solo records mccartney and ram, echoing the empty, subjective, puerile manner of christgau, wenner, et all of the 70s, to the point of posing the following idea:

“while it had been ridiculous to suggest in 1969 that paul mccartney was dead, one might wonder if he’d undergone a lobotomy before leaving the beatles.“

to wondering if paul, after his reaction to john’s untimely death, had truly just proven himself to be "really” just “a shit”, displaying an outrage over a paul’s treatment of his “best friend” when he belittled and misrepresented their relationship as little else but a partnership of convenience at every other point:

[…] over the ensuing years mccartney tried to persuade the public that john wasn’t a saint, and that it was unfair to label paul as a platitudinous balladeer in comparison to lennon the intellectual and musical heavyweight. But if john wasn’t a saint, there was a grain of truth in this characterisation of their respective roles in the beatles, […]

and at which point i had to stop reading. the first time i did not finish a book i started.

however, do feel free to judge for yourself. i’ve also posted excerpts here, here and here.

anonymous asked:

can you post your fav mclennon quotes?

  1. Q: “If John Lennon could come back for a day, how would you spend it with him?”. Paul: “In bed.”
  2. “I have had two companions in my life. Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono. That’s not bad” – John Lennon
  3. “We were each other’s intimates.” - Paul, The Beatles: A Biography
  4. “Paul and I know each other on a lot of different levels that very few people know about.” - John 
  5. “I’m sure that in the case of Paul there’s that feeling that I’m the woman who took away his partner – it’s like a divorce.” - Yoko Ono
  6. “On March 12, Paul married Linda Eastman at Marylebone Register Office in London, amid scenes of hysterical grief from his female fans. None of the other Beatles was present. The news reached John as he and Yoko were driving down to visit Aunt Mimi in Poole. Yoko’s divorce decree had become final a few weeks earlier, and, in a resurgence of Beatle copycat, John told her they, too, must get married as soon as possible.” - Philip Norman, John Lennon: The life 
  7. “John never looked at anyone the way he looked at Paul.“ - Cyn
  8. “I thought John was cheating on me with Paul” - Yoko
  9. “Paul was the first love of my life, Yoko was the second”. - John
  10. “He used to say, ‘Everyone is on the McCartney bandwagon.’ He wrote ‘I’m Just a Jealous Guy,’ and he said that the song was about me. So I think it was just some kind of jealousy.” - Paul McCartney about the song “Jealous guy”
  11. “Paul talk[ing] a lot about the fabs, and how John had always been the one of them to wear his heart on his sleeve” - An old friend of Paul’s remembers the Christmas of 1980. (From the book “McCartney”)
  12. “At the beginning I was annoyed with John, jealous because of Yoko, and afraid about the breakup of a great musical partnership. It took me a year to realize they were in love.” - Paul
  13. “I can’t tell you how much it hurts to lose him. His death is a bitter cruel blow. I really loved the guy.” - Paul (Dec. 1980)
  14. “After a late lunch, Linda launched into a long paean to the joys of living in England. When she was finished, she turned to John and said “Don’t you miss England?”, - “Frankly”, John replied, “I miss Paris.” - May Pang, Loving John (and we all know what THAT MEANS JOHN!)
When Paul emerged publicly as a painter in 2000, he mentioned that John was often the subject of his work, commenting: “John is a central figure in my life. I will always be grateful for having so much intimate time with him. The more distant his stuff becomes, the greater he seems. I used to do caricatures of John. He was the only person I knew with an aquiline nose. When I painted him recently, I found myself saying: ‘How did his lips go? I can’t remember.’ Then I would think: 'Of course you know, you wrote all those songs facing each other.
—  The Paul McCartney Encyclopedia
When Paul emerged publicly as a painter in 2000, he mentioned that John was often the subject of his work, commenting: “John is a central figure in my life. I will always be grateful for having so much intimate time with him. The more distant his stuff becomes, the greater he seems. I used to do caricatures of John. He was the only person I knew with an aquiline nose. When I painted him recently, I found myself saying: ‘How did his lips go? I can’t remember.’ Then I would think: 'Of course you know, you wrote all those songs facing each other.’
—  Bill Harry, The Paul McCartney Encyclopedia, 2003

mclennonbook  asked:

It's funny how Paul is sort of 'exhibitionist' when he's talking about girls, like, once I read, I think it was in 'Fab: an intimate life of Paul McCartney', Paul sent a letter for an uncle or cousin, i don't remember, telling him how good was the tour with '3 awesome blondes in the bed', when most of time girls were denied...

Omg I’ve never heard that story before! And yes, he does seem to be compensating for something, doesn’t he? Reminds me of the story where around the time Paul was going to marry Linda, Paul angrily yelled at a group of Apple Scruffs saying, “What do you think I am? A 26 year old queer never to get married?” I have a feeling that Paul has a real fear of people suspecting that he isn’t completely straight, so he tries to talk about his “conquests” with girls as much as possible. 

anonymous asked:

#reblogging myself bc i'm reading another book abt paul#and it's just as bad as norman's#and guess what#he hates mccartney and ram too#to the point of wondering if paul had#'undergone a lobotomy before leaving the beatles'#this book was written in 2010#charming#(: (: (: - Can you post the full quote from the book you've got where they say this?

For many people, Ram is one of Paul’s best solo albums, with a Beatles sparkle, notably on ‘Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey’, which became a hit single, as indeed Ram was a very successful album, reaching number one in the UK, number two in the US charts. Ram is certainly more highly finished than McCartney and it has an abundance of catchy tunes. Despite all the prevarication over the final song selection there was, however, a sense that Paul had released a record that still needed work. The lyrics are so-so, ranging from veiled sarcasm (‘Too Many People’) to simplistic celebrations of love (‘Long Haired Lady’) via novelty (‘Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey’). Taken as a whole, there is a lack of discipline and focus as there was on McCartney, as well as a sense that, without a strong collaborator like John Lennon, or an authoritative producer like George Martin, Paul struggled to distinguish between what was good enough to release and what would be better cut.

Although frequently derided, the rock music of the early 1970s was often superb. Recent months had yielded Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel), Hot Rats (Frank Zappa), All Things Must Pass (George Harrison), Tapestry (Carole King) and Blue (Joni Mitchell); with Who’s Next (The Who), Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album, and David Bowie’s Hunky Dory soon to follow. All these records had a musical and/or intellectual weight that made them great in their day, and marks them as classics now. Ram is not and never was in the same class, which is concerning because there was much more of this sort of music to come from Paul McCartney. All such judgements are, of course, subjective. Many fans loved Ram. Other listeners wondered what had happened to the man who had been a prime mover in the world’s greatest pop band. While it had been ridiculous to suggest in 1969 that Paul McCartney was dead, one might wonder if he’d undergone a lobotomy before leaving the Beatles.

Whimsy had always been one of Paul’s musical moods, as it was one of John’s. In the context of the Beatles it was charming - Paul’s ‘Yellow Submarine’, for example, John’s ‘I am the Walrus’ - but in Paul’s solo career whimsy too often became annoying.

from fab: an intimate life of paul mccartney - howard sounes (2010) with the passage in question bolded.

the entire book is written in a similar manner. such as it is, steeped in the usual biased jargon more than reminiscent of the rock journalists and critics of the 70s.

The phone rang. I picked it up. ‘Can I speak to Paul McCartney?’ asked a woman. ‘He’s busy at the moment. Who’s calling?’ ‘It’s Yoko.’" Joe knew instinctively it really was John’s widow, rather than a hoax. He told everybody to clear the room. “And Paul took the call. I just closed the door and he was crying – he’d lost his best friend.
—  Joe Reddington. Howard Sounes, Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney, 2010
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During the session Paul fell into a lugubrious mood. He said, ‘I’ve just realized that John has gone. John’s gone. He’s dead and he is not coming back.’ And he looked completely dismayed, like shocked at something that had just hit him. I said, ‘Well, it’s been a few weeks now.’ He said, ‘I know, Eric, but I’ve just REALIZED.’
— Eric Stewart, recalling a studio session in 1981. Howard Sounes, Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney, 2010 

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