Showing posts with label Paul is Dead rumors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paul is Dead rumors. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

New comic explores the "Paul is Dead" hoax

The cover of the new Paul is Dead graphic novel, which tells an alternative reality story of the Beatles
A new graphic novel from Image Comics focuses on one of the weirdest stories associated with the Beatles - the rumors that began in 1969 that Paul McCartney was dead and had been replaced by a double.

Unlike in real life, in Paolo Baron and Ernesto Carbonetti's comic, Paul truly is dead, and the rest of the Beatles are left to figure out why.

Newsarama has an interview with the comic's creators here.
I’ve never believed in those clues. They’re just a bunch of random coincidences discovered by overheated fans. My book is about a strong friendship and four young men coming together and suddenly losing one of their friends…
"Paul is Dead" is out April 22. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.

Here are some sample pages from the comic.

And, just for fun, here's a 1970 Batman comic inspired by the then-recent "Paul is Dead" phenomenon.

Batman #222, published in 1970, was inspired by the Beatles "Paul is Dead" rumors

Friday, October 5, 2018

Watch the "Paul is Dead" short film now

See a short film based on the notorious "Paul is Dead" conspiracy theory below.


Paul is Dead is a comedy short film inspired by the classic bizarre rock & roll conspiracy theory.

The Lake District, 1967. Hungover and at each other’s throats, John, George and Ringo must convince Billy Shears, a sheepish rural lookalike, to join their band after Paul dies during an experimental-drug filled musical retreat.

Braving a perilous mountain hike to bury Paul at the summit, they each must face up to their own inner conflicts and calamitous personal shortcomings if they are going to make it through the journey and stop the band from falling apart.

More info here.

Paul Is Dead from George Moore on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

History: Beatles make "Paperback Writer" and "Rain" promo films - May 19-20, 1966

On May 19 and 20, the Beatles and TV director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, later to helm their "Let it Be" film, made a series of promo videos to plug their upcoming single "Paperback Writer" backed with "Rain."

They made a few videos for each song, taped in black and white at Abbey Road Studios, on May 19. These were later broadcast on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and the British programs "Goodbye Lucky Stars" and "Ready, Steady, Go!"

But the most memorable visual versions of the songs were filmed the following day at Chiswick House and Gardens, a 65-acre heritage site in West London. Aired only once each, in black and white, on "Top of the Pops" they capture the band on a beautiful, sunny spring day at their mid-60s prime. They look glorious on the recently released Beatles 1+ video collection.

If you look closely, you can see Paul's chipped front tooth, the result of falling off a moped in Liverpool the previous December and the reason he eventually grew his Sgt. Pepper mustache, with all the rest of the band following suit.

Paul was hanging out with Guinness Beer heir Tara Browne at the time of the accident. Browne, himself, later died in a car accident, which was referenced in "A Day in the Life," and the conflation of Paul's accident and Browne's ultimately became fodder for the "Paul is Dead" rumors of 1969.

Chiswick House, naturally, is celebrating the Beatles' visit there this month with a talk and numerous articles.

Here's the story of a gardener present at the time, while this article features interviews with a number of visitors who witnessed the video filming. And here's one about a schoolgirl who had a chance to meet the group at the time.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Promotor of "Paul is Dead" myth plays bass in Riders in the Sky cowboy group

The Detroit News has a new interview with Fred LaBour, who helped launch the "Paul is Dead" hoax back in the late 1960s.

Back then he was editor of the University of Michigan newspaper. Today he sings and plays bass in cowboy hokum band Riders in the Sky.

From the article:
Driving to Jackson one mid-October afternoon, he tuned into WKNR-FM and heard disc jockey Russ Gibb taking calls from listeners about McCartney’s rumored demise.
The clues were both numerous and, to LaBour, preposterous. So in the context of a review of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road,” he wrote a long story spread across two pages beneath the headline, “McCartney dead; new evidence brought to life.”
The badge on McCartney’s shoulder on the cover of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” LaBour wrote, reads “OPD,” for “officially pronounced dead” — the alleged British version of DOA.
The word “walrus,” he noted, used in a Beatles song title and lyric, is Greek for “corpse."
Never mind that the badge really reads OPP, that “walrus” isn’t Greek for anything, that most of the story is even less credible, and that the first paragraph inelegantly declared McCartney to be “deader than a doornail.”
The multitudes were determined to believe, so that’s what they did. Newspapers began repeating LaBour’s alleged facts, and then so did newscasts and national magazines
Because anything worth forgetting can be found on the Internet, websites still trumpet them. LaBour just shrugs and plucks his double bass.