Paul McCartney’s Birthday

Paul McCartney, Amaganset, NY August 1995 (photo: Allen Ginsberg, courtesy Stanford University Libraries/Allen Ginsberg Estate)

Paul McCartney’s birthday – Sir Paul McCartney. He turns 78. We celebrate Paul today on the Allen Ginsberg Project

Paul and Linda McCartney, Amaganset, NY August 1995 (photo: Allen Ginsberg, courtesy Stanford University Libraries/Allen Ginsberg Estate)

First off, (courtesy Colin Still & Optic Nerve), here’s his and Allen’s memorable collaboration at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in October of 1995, on The Ballad of The Skeletons 

and Allen gave Paul invaluable assistance when it came to the assembling of his poems

tho’, as Paul points out, advice wasn’t necessarily taken!

Here‘s Paul in New York in 2001 (at the 92nd Street Y) reading his poetry:

Blackbird – You might also want to hear it sung here

Yesterday –  as The Guinness Book of World Records has declared, one of the most recorded songs in all of history!

Here‘s a link to an old posting on The Allen Ginsberg Project (Allen in 1967, inscribing to Paul – “That, all fantasies, harmonise sweetly & also Hari Krishna!”)

Allen first met the Beatles two years earlier in 1965.  Here‘s Barry Miles‘ recollection of that historic occasion:

Many Years From Now, Miles’ “official biography” came out in 1997. Almost twenty years later saw the publication of Philip Norman‘s massive biography, Paul McCartney – The Life Since then, “Macca” has continued to remain active, almost preternaturally active!

For McCartney fans, there’s this – Pure McCartney (a four-CD de-luxe anthology)

and this

A few highlights from recent years:

Paul’s impromptu concert at Grand Central Station, New York, on the occasion of the release of his most recent collection of songs  Egypt Station

Paul’s “Carpool Karaoke” and home-town Liverpool visit in 2016 with James Corden

Paul McCartney recently breaking down his most famous songs (for GQ)

And here’s Paul in his Beatles hey-day

Here’s Paul and Allen together in a rare photo  (either by Linda McCartney or Clive Arrowsmith – we’re not quite sure)

and here’s Paul and Allen together again  –  Happy Birthday!

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