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. [Continue reading]

three nights three movies


Just wanted to rec­om­mend a trio of movies con­nected by gor­geous music to enjoy on a trio of nights, prefer­ably one after the other. These are not movie re­views, merely rec­om­men­da­tions: three nights three movies ex­cel­lent music …


First night: Mao’s Last Dancer is an Aus­tralian film di­rected by Bruce Beres­ford (2009) and based on dancer Li Cunxin’s au­to­bi­og­raphy of the same title. [Continue reading]

ken thorne chose the chase in the tyrol to the bitter end

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IN THE EARLY ’70s, I dis­cov­ered that when a British fan bought a copy of the Bea­tles’ 1965 album HELP! on Par­lophone in the UK, he got a Bea­tles album with four­teen new Bea­tles record­ings. When an Amer­ican fan bought the same title on Capitol in the US, he got an “orig­inal sound­track album” with only seven new Bea­tles record­ings! [Continue reading]