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(Guardian)   Paul McCartney to publish 900-page 'autobiography' in the form of 154 songs   (theguardian.com) divider line
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2021-02-24 3:51:49 PM  
Please God no. I don't think there's a hair on Paul McCartney's ass that hasn't been thoroughly examined by the media.
 
2021-02-24 5:53:26 PM  
I'm confused. The headline says Paul McCartney but the article has a picture of Angela Lansbury.
 
2021-02-24 6:03:01 PM  
Why not just call it, "I Was a Multi-Millionaire by Age 25....How Are Things With You?"
 
2021-02-24 6:07:40 PM  
It could be entitled: "Choppin' Broccoli."
 
2021-02-24 6:25:19 PM  
zomg the self-importance must be inevitable in such situations
 
2021-02-24 6:33:34 PM  
No need to beatle a dead horse.
 
2021-02-24 8:02:56 PM  
I wonder if it'll have a reprise of The Liverpool Oratorio, which is an impressive work.

/not a Beatles fan
 
2021-02-24 8:13:03 PM  
Read the article, so I shall buy and read the book. Sounds incredible.
 
2021-02-24 8:35:13 PM  
Good to see George R. R. Martin's editors get some work. Too bad George Martin is unavailable.
 
2021-02-24 8:54:07 PM  
not as impressive as the 35-CD set of John Mayall
 
2021-02-24 9:00:29 PM  
Paul McCartney has had sixty years to learn to read music and still hasn't bothered. That says all I need to know about Paul McCartney.
 
2021-02-24 9:57:30 PM  

likefunbutnot: Paul McCartney has had sixty years to learn to read music and still hasn't bothered. That says all I need to know about Paul McCartney.


That's like hating on Michelangelo because he never took a Life Drawing course.
 
2021-02-24 10:22:23 PM  

Jack Sabbath: likefunbutnot: Paul McCartney has had sixty years to learn to read music and still hasn't bothered. That says all I need to know about Paul McCartney.

That's like hating on Michelangelo because he never took a Life Drawing course.


Abe Lincoln never went to law school. Bill Gates dropped out of college. And Albert Einstein failed math.

/ok, the last one is false
 
2021-02-24 10:36:41 PM  
Dear Sir Or Madam.
 
2021-02-24 11:11:21 PM  

darkhorse23: Please God no. I don't think there's a hair on Paul McCartney's ass that hasn't been thoroughly examined by the media.


i subscribe to MOJO, a British music magazine.  they have a feature on the beatles seriously every other month.  some landmark release or event was 40/45/50/55/60 years ago.

they try, but there really isn't any new information about them.

good magazine otherwise.
 
2021-02-25 8:51:33 AM  

Jack Sabbath: That's like hating on Michelangelo because he never took a Life Drawing course.


Yes, but he wasn't fundamentally illiterate either.
McCartney is a lucky idiot.
 
2021-02-25 9:22:06 AM  

likefunbutnot: Jack Sabbath: That's like hating on Michelangelo because he never took a Life Drawing course.

Yes, but he wasn't fundamentally illiterate either.
McCartney is a lucky idiot.


I'm guessing you both read and perform music? I do too. Still, my argument is this: written music is an optional form of support to the craft of making music. It's a tool for those to wish to use it, but has nothing to do with one's ability at that craft.

Imagine an illiterate chef that is capable of catering a large affair. Just because they can't read a cookbook doesn't mean they aren't a chef. We wouldn't hire that person to write kitchen training manuals or standardize their recipes for a commercial project -- just as we won't hire Paul McCartney to transcribe tribal music or conduct the London Philharmonic on a permanent basis.

That doesn't make McCartney an idiot, nor does it make him not a musician. I would never look down on someone who plays multiple instruments, sings and writes harmonies, because they don't read standard notation. Can they fill in at a gig? Can they write memorable melodies that people are still using 50 years later?

Do you stick your nose up at bluegrass, jazz, and blues musicians that trade licks without using sheet music too? It's an AURAL art form, not a written one.
 
2021-02-25 9:32:13 AM  

Eddie Hazel's E string: likefunbutnot: Jack Sabbath: That's like hating on Michelangelo because he never took a Life Drawing course.

Yes, but he wasn't fundamentally illiterate either.
McCartney is a lucky idiot.

I'm guessing you both read and perform music? I do too. Still, my argument is this: written music is an optional form of support to the craft of making music. It's a tool for those to wish to use it, but has nothing to do with one's ability at that craft.

Imagine an illiterate chef that is capable of catering a large affair. Just because they can't read a cookbook doesn't mean they aren't a chef. We wouldn't hire that person to write kitchen training manuals or standardize their recipes for a commercial project -- just as we won't hire Paul McCartney to transcribe tribal music or conduct the London Philharmonic on a permanent basis.

That doesn't make McCartney an idiot, nor does it make him not a musician. I would never look down on someone who plays multiple instruments, sings and writes harmonies, because they don't read standard notation. Can they fill in at a gig? Can they write memorable melodies that people are still using 50 years later?

Do you stick your nose up at bluegrass, jazz, and blues musicians that trade licks without using sheet music too? It's an AURAL art form, not a written one.


This. I would also add that McCartney's (and that of the rest of the Beatles as well) inability to read music and lack of formal education of it's structure, form, etc. led him/them to be much more creative than he might have been otherwise. Much like math, formalized music has certain rules; this chord follows that chord, etc. etc. I think Paul's innate ability to understand music without knowing it's rules, allowed him to experiment, stretch boundaries, and do things that others either hadn't thought of or weren't brave enough to try.
 
2021-02-25 10:16:13 AM  
I'm currently reading his authorized biography so I'm getting a kick out of this thread.
 
2021-02-25 4:45:51 PM  
I'm looking forward to the chapter on Why Don't We Do It in the Road?
 
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