Fans of conspiracies or The Beatles will find it interesting that somehow a mysterious cassette has surfaced with numerous claims. The subject? Once again, or perhaps still...Paul McCartney’s death.
Claims of McCartney’s secret burial, underhanded dealings, fear and clues are revealed in the DVD, Paul McCartney Really is Dead. Director Joel Gilbert of Highway 61 Entertainment describes the unusual occurrence:
“In the summer of 2005, a package arrived at the Hollywood offices of Highway 61 Entertainment from London with no return address. Inside were two mini-cassette audio tapes dated December 30, 1999 and labeled THE LAST TESTAMENT OF GEORGE HARRISON. A voice identical to Harrison tells a shocking story: Paul McCartney was killed in a car crash in November of 1966 and replaced with a double!”
Events are told in chronological order via the supposed voice of a scared George Harrison. The so-called Quiet Beatle was in the hospital recovering from a violent attack from a deranged fan. The story unfolds with interjected displays of reenacted scenes and actual interview and documentary footage.
Various clues are claimed to be on numerous album covers including: Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, “Yesterday”...and Today (The Butcher Cover), The Beatles (The White Album), ,, and Let it Be.
Examples of album clues note McCartney: facing backward on Sgt. Pepper’s, appearing barefoot on Abbey Road, smoking “coffin nails” (cigarettes) on Rubber Soul and sitting inside a coffin (trunk) on the final cover of “Yesterday”...and Today.
Reasons are given for numerous song titles and lyrics, why the Beatle married Linda Eastman and, later, , even why he grew a beard and mustache.
Although the rumors of McCartney’s demise following a November 9, 1966 auto accident have been denied repeatedly by all involved, they still persist among the conspiracy theorists.
Taking in account the unlikelihood of the claim, this DVD is still a great addition for collectors of Beatles' memorabilia, conspiracy lovers and music historians. Bonus material includes a clip covering Bob Dylan’s relationship with the Fab Four and how he introduced them to marijuana.
Bottom Line: This new take, Paul McCartney Really is Dead, on the oldest rock music rumor is meticulous in its approach. Not many stones were left unturned...even the rolling ones.
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer and theater critic. Catch her at gottago.us, as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC and follow her on Twitter @ejmusgrave1 and Facebook.
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