Have you heard the one about how the Beatles are dying in order of coolness, and Ringo's next? Yeah, not funny. But on December 8>"/>
Have you heard the one about how the Beatles are dying in order of coolness, and Ringo's next? Yeah, not funny. But on December 8 every year, the canonization of John seems to be accompanied by glib sneers at Paul. Yes, there's the knighthood, the White House performance, the Kennedy Center Honors, etc. But as for artistic reputation, Paul cannot catch a break. Never has any human who's brought so much pleasure to the world been so widely reviled.
Leading the charge this year is Salon's Allen Barra, who turns his review of a new McCartney biography into a nastygram about the man himself. It's not that the book sucks, says Barra, it's that Paul sucks:
Another problem is how one can be a genuine biographer and, at the same time, an honest critic and pretend that virtually all of McCartney's music after splitting with the Beatles isn't sheer dreck.Sure, maybe an honest and DEAF critic.
Is it absurd to argue about John and Paul? No, arguing about John and Paul is like arguing about good and evil, Isaac and Abraham, eggs and bacon, or any other basic elements of the universe. So on the anniversary of John's death, please consider just a few Paul facts that may contradict your received notions of who the cool Beatle really was:
For Mr. Barra, here's a small sampling of the greatness: