did paul mccartney really blow his mind out in a car in 1966?

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A QUORA READER asked me to an­swer the ques­tion, “What is some­thing that needs to be said about Paul Mc­Cartney?” This is both an open-ended ques­tion and, for those of us who will go to our graves in awe of Beat­lepaul but will prob­ably go there also still trying to come to grips with Wing­paul, it’s also a loaded question.

My ini­tial in­stinct was to pass, just not an­swer it. But then I thought, Nah! Let’s have some fun! Which I hope I did with the an­swer that fol­lows (which is the six dozen words in­dented be­tween the two im­ages below):


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Something that needs to be said

I could say that ar­tis­ti­cally, Paul’s post-Beatles ca­reer has been so marked by medi­oc­rity for so long that the idea that he blew his mind out in a car in 1966 hasn’t seemed far-fetched for decades.

Or I could say he con­tributed a fab title song and recording to one of my fav­erave movies of the new cen­tury, Vanilla Sky.

In­stead, I’ll just say he is one hell of a bass player!


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FEATURED IMAGE: The photo at the top of this page is a scene from Vanilla Sky with Pene­lope Cruz and Tom Cruise. The movie also stars Camron Diaz, so two of the loveliest leading ladies in Hol­ly­wood can be seen in the same movie—which aside from being very phildickian—something I gear few others re­marking upon—Vanilla Sky may have the best in­cor­po­ra­tion of old rock records into a sound­track of any movie ever made!




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