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Now, it's more electronic music and kids listen differently. They don't have guitar heroes like you and I did.feedback
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Jun 22 2017
Paul McCartney has been quoted 71 times in 28 different articles. On this page, you will find all of Paul McCartney’s quotes organized by date and topic. Alongside each quote is a link back to the article where the quote was reported, so you can go back to the source for more context if you need it. Topics that Paul McCartney speaks about are Jacksonville, Julian, and brother, for example. Most recently, Paul McCartney was quoted in the article The slow, secret death of the electric guitar. And why you should care saying, “And everybody wanted a guitar. This is not surprising. It has to do with what's in the Top-20.”.
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Paul McCartney quotes

May 31 2017

Certainly as we were writing it, I was not attributing it to Tara in my head. In John's head it might have been. In my head I was imagining a politician bombed out on drugs who'd stopped at some traffic lights and he didn't notice that the lights had changed. The 'blew his mind' was purely a drug reference, nothing to do with a car crash.feedback

May 31 2017

It was his original idea. He'd been reading the Daily Mail and brought the newspaper with him to my house. We went upstairs to the music room and started to work on it.feedback

May 26 2017

Keep the bass drum loud–YEAH!feedback

May 24 2017

We sat in his room and said, OK, what are we going to write?' And we noticed he had this old circus poster. So we said, OK!' We pulled most of the words directly off the poster, and then filled it in together. It had Pablo Fanque's Fair, the Hendersons and Mr. Kite, a hog's head of real fire – all those phrases were directly lifted off the poster.feedback

May 19 2017

I was really frightened of that kind of stuff. It's what you're taught when you're young: Watch out for those devil drugs. When acid came around, we'd heard you're never the same. It alters your life and you're never the same again. I think John was rather excited by that prospect, [but] I was rather frightened by that prospect. Like, Just what I need, some funny little thing where I can never get back home again.' Might not be the greatest move. So I was seen to stall a little bit within the group.feedback

May 19 2017

I thought, maybe this is the moment where I should take a trip with him.feedback

May 19 2017 - Women

All that, I used to be cruel to my woman, I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved,' was me. I used to be cruel to my woman, and psychically, any woman. I was a hitter! I couldn't express myself and I hit. I fought men and hit women.feedback

May 17 2017

I always saw those [songs] as the equivalent of writing a James Bond film theme. It was a challenge. It was something out of the ordinary for us because we actually had to write in a key for Ringo and you had to be a little tongue in cheek.feedback

May 16 2017

They measure you and match the color of your hair, so it was like a genuine moustache with real glue. And I had a couple of pairs of glasses made with clear lenses, which just made me look a bit different. I put a long blue overcoat on and slicked my hair back with Vaseline and just wandered around and of course nobody recognized me at all. It was good, it was quite liberating for me.feedback

May 16 2017

We were fed up with being the Beatles. We really hated that fucking four little mop-top boys approach. We were not boys, we were men. It was all gone, all that boy shit, all that screaming, we didn't want any more.feedback

May 11 2017

What I do with that, as distressing as it is, I try to rationalize what's going on. Well, wait a minute, the music critic of the New York Times hated 'Sgt. Pepper.' And we had to sit through that.feedback

May 02 2017

I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio, but I don't think any of us would have imagined that we'd have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later. The SiriusXM channel will have it all, 8 Days a Week.feedback

May 02 2017

I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio, but I don't think any of us would have imagined that we'd have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later. The SiriusXM channel will have it all, eight days a week.feedback

Apr 05 2017

It's crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art.feedback

Mar 31 2017

I have a kit which is based on Ringo's. I figure I can't go far wrong with a kit like his. So it's lovely, I love it. I always like a chance to get on the kit. I've done it since the early days of the Beatles.feedback

Mar 30 2017

There were little hand-outs, little badges.feedback

Mar 30 2017

We originally wanted to have an envelope stuck inside with gifts in, but it became too hard to produce. It was hard enough, anyway, and the record company were having to bite the bullet as it was costing a little bit more than their usual two pence cardboard cover.feedback

Mar 30 2017

It's all so bloody stupid. I picked up the O.P.D. badge in Canada. It was a police badge.feedback

Mar 30 2017

Elvis was too important and too far above the rest even to mention.feedback

Mar 30 2017

I did a lot of drawings of us being presented to the Lord Mayor, with lots of dignitaries and lots of friends of ours around, and it was to be us in front of a big northern floral clock, and we were to look like a brass band. That developed to become the Peter Blake cover.feedback

Mar 30 2017

We wanted the whole of Pepper to be so that you could look at the front cover for years.feedback

Mar 28 2017

For us, the best bit from the writing sessions was literally after we'd finished. We'd get our words written down and then we'd just take our guitars downstairs to the studio and record 'em.feedback

Mar 28 2017

Elvis or younger guys will remember the Beatles' stuff and if they love it. It's great to see someone love it rather than slag it off.feedback

Mar 28 2017

We used the same process that John and I used to do. Elvis is great, but he's not John. Having said that, he was really good to work with. We sat down opposite each other, which is how I used to sit with John. We sat down, two acoustic guitars, and he's right-handed and I'm left-handed so it would look like a mirror image. There were a lot of reminders of working with John.feedback

Mar 28 2017

We started writing songs from the ground up that neither of us had any pre-conceptions about. There was a nice kind of equal collaboration on it. We'd just sort of throw words about and stuff and where I thought he was getting maybe a bit too cryptic, I'd just say 'I don't like that, we should go a bit further here, or we should maybe take it there,' and it was nice. If he spotted an idea he liked then we'd go that way, or similarly with me.feedback

Mar 28 2017

Because they're demos, you never really do much with them. You just carry on as normal, making the album and doing the songs a bit differently. But having put the demos to one side for a while, I suddenly thought, I wonder how those sound?' So I dug them up and was really pleased with them.feedback

Mar 28 2017

The resemblance to John once or twice got a bit embarrassing. There are a couple tracks on the album where I'd sing a sweet line and find Elvis doing the sarcastic line, very much line John and I used to do.feedback

Mar 28 2017

We kept the piano and vocal and added some Hovis brass to give it a New Orleans marching band feel. I said to Elvis, Oh yeah, I get it, New Orleans funeral music. House is finished, right?' It's turned out a nice track set against every-thing else on the album.feedback

Mar 28 2017

In a small way it reminded me of working with John, which was obviously a good thing. It's something I can't have, and it's something that was the formative aspect of my songwriting history. And that's impossible to replicate, I can't go back to the 16-year-old me and do it all again… But with Elvis it was a new thing. Having said that, there were similarities–he's got a bit of Lennon in him.feedback

Mar 24 2017

That was from the Elvis batch. He's a great guy to work with, very focused. When you're working with someone–instead of just sitting around and thinking, Oh, what are we going to do?'–it's nice when someone comes up with something and you get a kickstart. Elvis was good at that. He would come up and we'd talk stories about his Auntie Irene and various relatives of his and mine growing up in Liverpool. This song came out of that. It's got sort of a sea-shanty feel. We didn't take long to write them, they just kind of fell out.feedback

Mar 24 2017

He was a big Beatles fan and said, Hey, do you still use your Hofner? I had semi-retired it. But he said I should get it out, and I rediscovered it.feedback

Mar 24 2017

There's a little hand-slappy thing. That's something we first heard on Buddy Holly's record, a great old favorite of ours when we were growing up. He does a record called 'Everyday.' It's a cute little song, a great little song, and there's this tapping on it [demonstrates]. The story was that it was him tapping on his jeans. And if you ever do that and want to get that effect, don't wear sweatpants or regular trousers. Jeans are what you need, they've got the right tone. That's just a hint for you and your readers, should you ever be called on to a thigh-slapping session.feedback

Mar 23 2017

It's gonna make the messages that I have for the world more effective.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Women

I'm still trying to figure out how to hold a woman right now because my standards for myself and other people are high. My father did something to my brain where I'm always searching for extreme excellence.feedback

Mar 23 2017

It's an option. Do I have the option? Sure. But do I think entertainment is more powerful than the presidency? Sometimes, yeah, it is.feedback

Mar 23 2017

At least I don't drink before noon anymore.feedback

Mar 23 2017

I was a good kid. I became a great man. ... Good is for suckers. I'm a great person. Meaning, in my intention, my passion and anything I do, whether clean or dirty, is great.feedback

Mar 23 2017

My mom puts me on her back, and we run through the jungle. Somebody eventually takes me off her back, and then I blacked out. I remember them coming after us, shooting as we're running into the jungle. And the hiss of snakes, sssssssss – and blackout.feedback

Mar 23 2017

I just remember the warmth of a bullet in your body, and the blood just warming me.feedback

Mar 23 2017

You're an inventor.' That was the way he rationalized it. He said, Late at night, do you get struck with ideas?' I said, Yeah, yeah.feedback

Mar 21 2017

Looking back, you could say that. If we'd just done a few more of these demos, we could have made a crazy album. But we didn't. That was as far as we got.feedback

Mar 21 2017

There were many echoes, working with Elvis and working with John (Lennon), because I know Elvis is a big Beatles fan. He was a John fan, he wears glasses, he plays guitar right-handed.feedback

Mar 21 2017

Because John and I had such a successful collaboration and all the work we did was when we were young, often your first output like that can be your best. I wouldn't say it worries me, or I wouldn't continue to write. But I do get the feeling that it would have been very hard to come up to the standards of the ones I wrote with John, like 'It's Getting Better' or 'She's Leaving Home.feedback

Mar 21 2017

I didn't realize until looking back later that these demos had a special groove and a freshness and, I think on a few of the recorded versions, we lost some of that freshness. It gives an idea of the spontaneity of the writing. There's a time that you regret that we didn't just say, This is it, this is good enough.' Often when you don't think you're making the final record, you're a bit looser ... I think some of those performances are better than the ones on the record.feedback

Mar 20 2017

From the first minute we heard the great guitar intro to 'Sweet Little Sixteen,' we became fans of the great Chuck Berry. His stories were more like poems than lyrics – the likes of 'Johnny B. Goode' or 'Maybellene.feedback

Mar 20 2017

It's a memory I will cherish forever.feedback

Mar 13 2017

We would write in the same method that me and John used to write, . I figured, in a way, he was being John. And for me, that was good and bad. He was a great person to write with, a great foil to bounce off, but here's me, trying to avoid doing something too Beatle-y!feedback

Mar 13 2017

It moved me forward, and it moved him forward.feedback

Sep 16 2016

I mean, there's some nice little things like we refused to play this show in Jacksonville because we found out the audience was segregated and I think that was a big surprise for us to remember that.feedback

Sep 16 2016

We weren't like brothers, we were brothers and we looked out for each other and that was great. And, you know, I can't say it enough, I was an only child and I ended up with three brothers. My dream as a kid was to have an older brother. I never achieved that.feedback

Jan 11 2016

I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world. ... His star will shine in the sky forever.feedback

Apr 01 2015

She was a lovely lady who I've known since our early days together in Liverpool. She was a good mother to Julian and will be missed by us all, but I will always have great memories of our times together.feedback

Aug 16 2012

I very much hope the Russian authorities will not feel they have to punish you for your protest.feedback

Feb 10 2012

I couldn't have done it without a certain three boys. So I want to say thanks to those guys, John, George and Ringo.feedback

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