Thursday, February 3

Paul McCartney Really is Dead

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), Magical Mystery Tour,Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road 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, Heather Mills, 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.

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Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer and theater critic. Catch her at, as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC and follow her on Twitter @ejmusgrave1 and Facebook.
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Anonymous said...

I saw the film, and would like to add that some of the evidence includes "secret messages" alluding to Paul's passing on both the Rubber Soul and Revolver covers. Problem is, both of those albums were released in Britain BEFORE November 1966, when Paul was alleged to have died. Also, the voiceover alleged to be George is clearly that of an actor reading scripted lines in a very theatrical way.
On the other hand:
Clips of interviews with post-Beatle George having him referring to Paul as "Faul" (Fake + Paul). Why? And the lack of emotion shown by Paul in response to John's death is positively eerie. He's either a robot or he genuinely doesn't care, because he isn't Paul.
The holes in the film as noted above (especially the Rubber Soul/Revolver time line problem) vs. my genuine questions, left me somewhere in the middle. But then, I looked at this site:
The facial analysis of Paul vs. the supposed imposter is hard to refute. Pre-1966 Paul and post-1966 Paul don't look like the same dude. Different height, different shaped head, different chin, different's unnerving. Don't know what to make of it, but it's worth a look.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave said...

Wow! I checked out your suggestion and it really was unnerving.
You and I agree there are discrepancies in the tale told by the supposed George Harrison. However, what caught my attention the most were the eye color changes and noting the left- or right-handed guitar playing from pre-accident to post-accident. The skull difference and height added to the credibility. Faul's/Paul's of emotion over Lennon's death didn't really bother me as I know people who show zero outward emotions, no matter the depth of despair. He had gone to the studio and stated he had been listening to old records...I took that to be their joint work in memory of a friend. Plus, there was a lot of bad blood over the years between them.
Agreed on the voice over. Analysis should have been able to prove one way or the other. And, he didn't jump around as someone would covering their story, remembering extra details, etc.
With all that said, what a mystery, spanning decades. The clues I felt (playing devil's advocate) could have been a running joke from the four, because it brought publicity their way.
Thanks for the link, please let me know if you know of others.