"This substance is a whole lot less harmful than rum punch, whiskey, nicotine and glue - all of which are perfectly legal. I’d like to see it decriminalized. I don’t think that in the privacy of my own room I was doing any harm whatsoever." - Paul McCartney
Wings high over Europe, 1972
Day Tripper (Live in Hyde Park, June 29, 2010)
Happy birthday to Jane Asher!
Paul is a scouser, April 2, 2014
Happy 66th birthday to Elton John!
Happy birthday to head Bonzo Vivian Stanshall, who would’ve been 71 today. Here’s a tribute Paul wrote after Viv’s tragic 1995 death:
"I originally met Viv in the London club days, out and about on the town. We used to have drinks and a laugh together and he was a lovely, funny man. He was in The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, which I saw live on stage at the Saville Theatre a couple of times when Brian Epstein promoted shows there. They were very eccentric — sort of modern yet very old-fashioned — following on from bands like the Temperance Seven.
Then I phoned Viv and asked if the Bonzos would be in Magical Mystery Tour with us. They did the scene with the stripper that we filmed in Paul Raymond’s Revuebar and I think they had a pretty good time, playing while the woman took off her clothes.
So Viv became a very good friend and I used to visit him at his house — I remember that he had an aquarium with turtles, at which we used to sit and wonder! Then he asked me to produce their next single ‘I’m The Urban Spaceman’, which I did at Chappell Studios. I went down there, met the guys, and Viv had a length of brightly-coloured plastic piping which made a noise when he swirled it around his head. That was to be his contribution. We chatted a while and then I produced the record. He suggested that I be credited as “Apollo C Vermouth”, which indeed I am, still, to this day. It turned out to be the Bonzos only hit, although hit singles is not what they were about anyway.
I’ll always remember Viv and Keith Moon being a sort of double act, the two of them playing very, very posh English gentleman. They did have their crazy side, of course, but whenever I saw them together they were perfect gentlemen. They did a joint Radio 1 show, which I heard while driving up to Scotland and was the inspiration for Oobu Joobu.
Over the following years Viv and I would see each other, on and off, at functions, but I gradually lost touch with him, so it was with particular sadness that I heard he had died. He was a wonderful man and he’ll be much missed.”
Macca the bobby (Polaroid by Linda)
"The above guitar, belonging to my old school pal Ian James, was the first guitar I ever held. It was also the guitar on which I learned my first chords in his house at 43 Elswich Street, Liverpool 8." - Paul McCartney, 2006
The McCartneys leaving a jet, 1975
The Beatles with Cassius Clay, February 18, 1964
Paul, George and Bernie Ilson on the set of the Ed Sullivan Show, February 16, 1964
Rehearsing at the Deauville Hotel in Miami, February 15, 1964
Beatles at Miami’s Deauville hotel, February 13, 1964
Late show at Carnegie Hall, February 12, 1964