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. [and 81 years old, June 18, 2023] 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
tho’, as Paul points out, advice wasn’t necessarily taken!
‘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)
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
Happy Birthday, Paul! [Happy 81st Birthday!]