If people didn’t get enough of Paul McCartney of late with his collaboration with Kayne West, you’re in luck. Scheduled for release on June 10, 2016, Sir Macca is scheduled to release a compilation of 67 post-Beatle tracks to the world. A final compilation, perhaps, of some of the better tracks in Macca’s illustrious (and not so illustrious) post Beatle career is finally in order; a final testament to the musical genius of the individual artistry of Paul McCartney.
Some upfront disclosure; I am a huge Beatles’ fan. My brother and I grew up listening to my parents original 1960’s vinyl, listened to every US released album countless times, cassette taped B-sides and singles off of the local Oldies FM radio channel, and can probably sing every Beatle song without needing to look at a lyrics cheat sheet. Better yet, I can do halfway decent Lennon at Karoake too, especially after a few beers (I do, however, need some lyric assistance at that time.) After school, I even bought myself a Rickenbacker to pay tribute to Paul, John, George, and Ringo. The Beatles were, to me anyway, bigger than any band that was around when I grew up, and I let everyone know my opinion. Who needs Def Leopard when you have the White Album? Who admitted listening to Tiffany and Debbie Gibson when there was A Hard’s Day Night to listen to at night? Sure, my friends liked Van Halen and Milli Vanilli, but I didn’t care. The Beatles were the epiphany of rock music to me, and anyone who didn’t listen to them was wasting their time.
As many other Beatles fans out there can attest to, there is a want and desire to find more beyond the rich catalog of Beatles’ material published from 1963-1969 (Ethan Hawke, of all people, knows what I mean – check out his Black Album for more) . When that urge hits you, you begin to spend time digging into the 1970’s solo material. I spent quite a bit of my hard earned cash in college buying CDs of John, Paul, George, and even Ringo (yes, even Ringo), desperately hoping to find that one track that I could add to a mixed tape that reminded me, musically, of the Fab Four from the 1960’s. I have no idea how many hours I spent on Venus and Mars, Dark Horse, or Menlove Avenue, but for me personally, for every one gem, there where multiple duds.
Anyway, enough of my background on the Beatles, the solo years, and my quest to create the perfect mixed tape -let’s dig into the PID material already!
Paul Is Dead (PID)
I believe I first heard about the PID enigma in college. I had checked out R. Gary Patterson’s “The Walrus Was Paul: The Great Beatle Death Clues” from the local public library and remember flying through it very quickly. I found the idea of clues embedded on Beatle record album covers, within cryptic lyrics, and in songs played backwards very intriguing. However, the great Beatle Paul McCartney, dead in the 1960’s and replaced by and imposter? How can that possibly be? As interesting as the material in the book presented was, I thought the PID clues were likely a historical promotional ploy created by the Beatles to sell records. More importantly, PID represented the public’s reconciliation of the guy who wrote and sang “Yesterday”, “Another Girl”, “Michelle”, “For No One”, and “Eleanor Rigby” to the guy who wrote and sang “Silly Love Songs”, “Wonderful Christmas Time”, “Listen to What the Man Said”, and “Ballroom Dancing”. A figment of the larger collective consciousness’ rationalization to explain how A) Beatle Paul McCartney transitioned to B) Wing Paul McCartney in a matter of roughly 20 years time. Ultimately, I passed on the subject matter, and deferred back to reading about Roswell, UFO crashes, and alien abductions. After all, my idol, John Lennon, the guy who stood up to the elite in a time of war, would have said something about a fake Paul, yes?
Fast forwarding to 2016, courtesy of a number of interviews I listened to regarding Mark Devlin’s recent publication Musical Truth (see below), and unbeknownst to me, the PID movement is back and in full force. I had no idea the PID concept was as big as it was, and immediately went to Youtube to check out some recommended videos. The first clip that caught my eye was Macca’s interview on David Letterman. I didn’t think much of it; when Letterman first mentions the PID legend in the interview, both casually joke that the PID idea is nonsense, absurdity, etc, and I was in agreement with them, thinking it too to be an absurd idea.
Yet there is a moment when Letterman reaches for a photograph to his left and moves an upside down document in front of him, and Macca has this look in his face of uncertainty, maybe a bit of fear. Immediately thereafter, Letterman states “that there was a guy who looked like you, taking your place” and Macca proceeds to state “oh well, this is him” and points to himself. Of course the audience laughs, Letterman chuckles, but Macca has this very odd look to him as he scans the audience. Letterman then goes on to say “Or is it?” and Macca moves his left hand’s finger to the tip of his nose, and looks directly into the camera. A very curious course of dialogue, expressions, exchanges and symbolism, indeed. A finger to the nose? What does that mean?? Maybe there is more to the PID enigma, after all…
A Possible James Paul McCartney/Faul McCartney Timeline in 1966
The basic timeline of the need, origin, and perpetuation of a James Paul McCartney impostor is outlined below. Facts I will leave non-italicized; anything italicized is speculation in respect to the dates in question. The majority of this timeline is constructed with the assistance of the http://www.beatlesbible.com, Tina Foster’s www.plasticmacca.blogspot.com, http://www.beatlesinterviews.org, and also the recently published book by Nicholas Kollerstrom, The Life and Death of Paul McCartney. So without further delay, a potential timeline to the Beatles in the year 1966:
Published in the London Evening Standard on March 4, 1966, an interview with John Lennon is presented on the life of a Beatle. It is in this article that Lennon’s famous Jesus quote first appears:
“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”
A separate article published by US teen magazine, DATEbook, and takes Lennon’s quote out of context.
To begin the 1966 tour across the globe, the Beatles began a three city tour of West Germany. On June 23, 1966, the Beatles gave an interview at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich. Photographs of the press conference are shown below:
Then another interview/press conference on June 66, 1966 in Hamburg, West Germany
The Beatles’ album Revolver os released on August 5, 1966 in the United Kingdom, and on August 8, 1966 in the US, shortly after criticism and controversy concerning Lennon’s comment regarding the Beatles being “more popular than Jesus now.”
The Beatles follow up with more questions regarding the Christ comment and the US reaction to the Lennon’s statement in Washington D.C, August 15, 1966:
On August 17, 1966, the Beatles arrive in Toronto, Canada, and conduct an interview in between and afternoon and evening show.
Q: Gentlemen, have you given any thought as to when your popularity might end, and if so, do you think you’ll be around in another ten years time?”
PAUL: “We’ll be, you know… The only reason we won’t be around is we’ll be dead. But, uhh, as Beatles we could be around still doing the same thing as we’re doing now only we have developed a bit. But you know, it’d be a bit embarrassing at 35.”
Q: “Paul, I’ve gotten ten variations of the story of how you chipped your tooth. Can you set the record straight? How did it happen?”
PAUL: “Umm, it was Christmas and I’d had a few drinks and I went for a ride on a moped. And I was watching the moon and I fell off.”
The Beatles give an interview to Memphis on August 19th, 1966; Paul McCartney is featured below
On August 21, 1966, the Beatles are interviewed in NYC at the Warwick hotel (photo below):
Q: “Paul, according to wire reports you became a little ill after you got off the plane last night. What happened? Air sickness?”
PAUL: Yeah, something. You know, I haven’t been too well on the tour. I just felt a bit ill, that’s all, and I was sick.”
The Beatles then flew to LA and gave a press conference on August 24, 1966 at the Capitol Records Tower. It is noted that David Crosby, of the Byrds, was included in the Beatles entourage
Q: “Have you ever used or trained Beatle doubles as decoys on a…”
PAUL: “We tried to get Brian Epstein to do it… he wouldn’t do it.”
The Beatles then flew to Seattle and gave another interview to Seattle, Washington on August 25, 1966 (photo below):
The Beatles staged what ultimately was their final live concert on August 29, 1966 at Candleistick Park, San Francisco, CA
Revolver goes platinum on September 9, 1966
On the night of either September 11, 1966, or (November 9th, 1966), James Paul McCartney, beloved friend to John Lennon, idol to millions of fans across the globe, and a true rock n’ roll icon, died in a horrific car crash after getting into a fight with John and/or the other Beatles at the recording studio.
- James Paul McCartney was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and was either decapitated in the car crash or died from massive head trauma.
On September 16/17, 1966, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Brian Epstein (business manager/tour manager of the group), and Neil Aspinal (a Beatles childhood friend and road manager) meet in Paris, France. Lennon, on break in the midst of filming How I Won the War, agrees to meet the three for a short weekend vacation.
- It is at this meeting that Faul, the agreed upon replacement of James Paul McCartney, meets with John and Neil for the first time
On September 26th, 1966, Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, is hospitalized for drug overdose regarding depression and anxiety.
On October 3, 1966 Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein denies rumors that Paul McCartney had left the group and that the Beatles had broken up.
October 9, 1966, Epstein again addresses the media with comments to the magazine The Melody Maker and states the group has no intention of creating their annual Christmas album or performing live for an UK audience for the balance of the year.
October, more or less, is an extremely quiet and less documented period of the Beatles’ career.
On November 6, 1966, Paul McCartney loads up his brand new green Aston Martin DB5 on a plane/ferry due to France, and attempting to avoid Beatle fandom, dresses up in a disguise that includes a custom made fake mustache
John Lennon meets Yoko Ono on November 7, 1966, while visiting Y0ko’s exhibition Unfinished Paintings and Objects at the Indica Gallery in London. Of course, Yoko claims she was not aware of John Lennon and the Beatles at the time, but let’s be honest, such a statement is likely not true.
- The Indica Gallery was managed by Barry Miles, who was quoted in The Lives of John Lennon that “had he set out to destroy John Lennon he could not have done better than introduce him to Yoko Ono.”
- It is theorized in some circles that Yoko is Lennon’s new handler; a possible intelligence agent employed by specific parties to keep Lennon in line with Queen and Country
Paul McCartney, day tripping through France in a brand new Aston Martin and a disguise intended to fool the adoring public, meets with Mal Evans on November 12, 1966 in Bordeux, France. Mal Evans is again another close friend and road manager/roadie who had been with the Beatles from the very beginning.
- All journal entries and film footage of this time was lost/stolen, according to official accounts
Paul McCartney and Mal Evans head to Nairobi, Kenya, to meet with Paul’s girlfriend at the time, Jane Asher, to begin a 9 day safari
- It is at this time that Paul McCartney conceived the concept of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
- It is speculated that the replacement Paul has plastic surgery performed; a new, improved looking Faul McCartney intended to replace JPM.
The McCartney, Evans, and Asher clan return from Africa to London on November 19, 1966:
- Lennon, having returned from Spain and Harrison, having returned from India, meet with Evans, Epstein, Aspinal, and Faul as a group on November 20
- The group is bewildered and shocked at the success of the plastic surgery and agree that the show can still go on
On or around this date, Mal Evans fires Paul McCartney’s housekeeper and butler at his Cavendish Avenue home, Mr. and Mrs. George Kelly. Officially terminated due to the fact the Kelly’s sold their Cavendish experiences to an Australian magazine, some have speculated that
- Mal Evans fired the housekeeper/servant couple to prevent knowledge and awareness of an imposter Paul.
Mal Evans moves into Cavendish with Paul McCartney, and immediately begins to assist Paul with song writing duties regarding the upcoming album, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band
A photograph of Paul McCartney is featured in the New Musical Express on November 26, 1966 (see below), apparently having lost some weight in the face and body after Africa:
On December 10, 1966, The Beatles release the forgotten album A Collection of Beatles Oldies (But Goodies!)
Possible clues embedded on the album’s front and back cover:
- The main focus of the front cover is a long, slender gentlemen with women’s shoes…the newcomer with a fondness for music and fashion
- The front cover also features four figures near and seated in a vehicle, where to the right of the car is the statement “To the Original”
- The car appears to be driving towards the head of the long, slender man of fashion
- The back cover features a black shirted Paul, hovering in the background and covered in a smokey mist
On December 18, 1966, despite not mentioning any interest in making sound tracks to films previously, he and Jane Asher appear at the premiere of the film The Family Way, Paul’s first solo film sound track composition
On December 24, 1966, Paul appears on the cover Disc and Music Echo, again featuring his new mustache
At the same period of time, he appears in the UK magazine New Musical Express with producer George Martin, again featuring the brand new mustache
On December 31, 1966, Paul is featured separately from John, George, and Ringo, again identifying Paul with the new mustache and separate from the group
The world witnesses in the following year, 1967, Paul breaking off his engagement with long time girlfriend Jane Asher, the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, and learned of Paul meeting Linda Eastman. I’ll dig into 1967 in the future.
So What’s the Deal with Faul, and Who is He?
If one does believe that Paul McCartney did die in September of 1966, who would have replaced him? There are several theories regarding Paul’s ultimate replacement, but the majority of research and speculation appears centered above on the man above: William Shepherd Campbell, aka Beatle Bill aka Billy Shears. Campbell was potentially a Paul McCartney look-a-like contest winner, or a previously used double used and noted by people during the 1966 world tour.
Whether William Campbell is an alias for some other unknown artist (Kollerstrom’s speculation that Campbell is indeed Trevor Philip Ackrill is very well researched and presented), a few things seem to be in place with the new Paul. Beatle Will is:
- More technical with instrumentation and song design than JPM
- Potentially a session musician from the early to mid 1960’s
- Possibly classically trained in music
- A new Paul who is more interested in fashion and clothing
- Right handed and plays the guitar and bass right handed
- Versed in the world of the esoteric and the Great Beast, Crowley
More on this in the future…and one odd synchronicity I found after publishing this article is here.
Why Faul Does Indeed Exist
I could summarize all the wonderful thoughts I have on the subject, but I think Kollerstrom’s inclusion of Jim Fetzer’s deductions on the matter are enough of a baseline to get anyone started in the mystery. I personally don’t know either the author or Fetzer, but I agree that the seven “proofs” of the existence of Faul should at the very least be considered for everyone’s future speculation. They are:
- Faul is much taller and taller than James Paul McCartney
- Faul has much better teeth than James Paul McCartney
- Braces, of course, could have something to do with this
- Faul has a different ears/ear lobes than Paul; Faul needed to wear fake ears to reconcile the difference in public while still in the Beatles
- Faul appears to more intellectual and cerebral than Paul in interviews post 1966
- The Beatles stopped doing concerts after the death of Paul
- The idea being that the audience would be able to ascertain Faul’s height difference on stage and note the difference in chemistry in the band
- Faul’s eyes appear to be green in color, whereas Paul’s appear brown in color in the film Help! (as well as per the Topps trading card below)
7. The Beatles inserted many clues in their post 1966 movies, lyrics, and interviews after the fact (see Magical Mystery Boy, and see below)
To add to the enigma, two Italian forensic scientists published an article entitled Chiedi chi era quel «Beatle» ; in it, the scientists conclude that the appearance of pre-September Paul is statistically significant than the appearance of post – September Paul McCartney. The story was published on July 15, 2009 Italian version of WIRED magazine (I hope to dissect this too further in a future article):
Fortunately, the whole PID legitimacy hinted at by the two forensic experts was quickly dismissed courtesy of the Letterman interview (see above). The Letterman interview coincidentally aired on July 17, 2009, just days after the publication of the magazine. If Letterman says it ain’t so, it ain’t so. Everyone knows that, right?
Why Paul Isn’t Dead
Why does Paul look so different in 1966 versus 1967? One could argue the following:
- McCartney lost some serious weight while on holiday/break in October 1966 November 1966, and kept it off throughout the Sgt Pepper days
- McCartney was on some new drug that altered his appearance
- McCartney became seriously ill in the fall of 1966 due to food poisoning
- McCartney possibly had some nose/jaw/ear plastic surgery completed in late 1966
- Different hair styles of Sir Paul can lead to the illusion of different people
- And of course the big one: evidence is purely based on a) photographs and b) speculative history
- The Beatles placed clues in their music, albums, movies, etc to make an easy English pound during the late 1960’s
Of course photographs, taken at different angles, can make anyone look different given the lighting and angle of the photograph. And with the appropriate use of cherry picking, any off photos can be used to create an argument that favors the use of a double, a clone, or otherwise.
Possible Moments of Disclosure
There is speculation in circles that Faul has been attempting to allow for the release of the truth in several methods. They include:
The Rotten Apple Series by IAMAPHONEY
- Beginning in 2006, the Rotten Apple Series has laid out clues and hints that there is more to the Beatles story beginning in 1966
- The material appears to be archival and sourced by an insider
- The series continues to exist on Youtube without fear of any copyright infringement or reprisal
- The series lays out conversations and imagery depicting evidence suggesting the Paul is Dead mythos is not urban legend, but fact
The Memoirs of Billy Shears written by one Thomas E. Uharriet
- The book appears to be the biography of Faul as communicated by Mr. Campbell
- The book was released on September 9, 2009
- The book is 666 pages in length
- The book was published by Pepper Press, a subsidiary of Paul McCartney’s MACCA Corp
Why This Matters (to Me Anyway)
Why the need to keep the Beatles together after Paul’s alleged death? There are a multiple number of possible reasons: the prevention of thousands of teenage girl suicides, the need to continue the generation of taxes for the UK government, the need to continue the Beatles’ influence on pop culture, etc etc. Theories in this respect are tied to money, continued media influence, and even the occult.
To many of you, this is likely a retread of information you already know. For me, this was really a fantastic analysis completed over the course of the past month. As mentioned before, I was/am a huge Beatles fan. The Beatles symbolize the bedrock to my musical upbringing and sensibilities; I wore t-shirts, hung posters, and spent so many of my teenage dollars on their work in pursuit of a group whose music made me extremely happy. Much like everyone else in the past (and likely in the future), the Beatles will represent an important and critical part of pop culture history.
Yet there is part of me who feels like I have been possibly disillusioned, misled, and lied to; much like the Apollo 11 landings and September 11, the possibility that a fake Paul was placed on to the unknowing public for financial (and other potential) gains is a sad testament to our gullibility as a species and our willingness to believe anything. If Faul is indeed a false construct, many of us have bitten into the rotten apple and agreed to let it go unchallenged, despite the many clues and signs given to us by “cast in the know.” If “they”can fake Paul McCartney, sacred co-founder of the band The Beatles, what else have “they” possibly faked over time?
We now come to Sir Macca’s upcoming compilation album, Pure McCartney, scheduled for release on June 10, 2016. The album is to consist of 67 tracks, and will feature Sir Paul in all his post-Beatles glory. A couple of things of note in respect to this album at this time:
- The cover photo includes the all important mustache
- Personally, i do not think the profile looks at all like pre-1966 Paul, but it could be the shadows/photography
- The release date is June 10, 2016, or 06-10-16
- 6+10 = 16
- William Campbell includes 16 letters
- William Shepherd includes 16 letter
- 06-10-16 flipped upside down reveals the date 09-10-2019
- This would be 53 years to the date of JPL’s alleged death on 9-11-1966
- Could this be a possible full disclosure/reveal date?
- The number of tracks on the album is equal to 67
- 1967 would be the first year that Faul’s music was recorded per Sgt Pepper’s album
This article isn’t intended to be a direct knock on Faul. Tracks such as “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Live and Let and Die,” and “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” are brilliant pieces of music for the decade of music known as the 1970’s. His experimentation on McCartney II and as Firehouse is also something I think that gets overlooked in regards to his ability to embrace new styles as an artist. I also don’t doubt that people will be listening to his music for a very long time.
As I wasn’t privy to the inner circles of the Beatles in that critical/anomalous time period of September – November 1966, I can’t definitely say one way or another whether Paul or Faul is with us today. Yet I do think there is enough evidence for everyone to be skeptical and to challenge the official party line.
Me and MACCA: A Personal Story
To attest to how small the world really is, I also have a personal experience in my world as a cost accountant regarding the business world of Sir Paul. He and Linda, in the early 1990’s I believe, were ahead of the food curve and looking to produce organic/vegan/vegetarian frozen meals that people could purchase in grocery stores. They chose to manufacture this new line of foods at a Northern Midwest US food manufacturing company of roughly 250 people in a town of a population of 10,000 people. Unfortunately for Linda and Paul, the public was not ready to embrace this futurist concept of positive frozen food type stuff, and the product line immediately tanked financially.
Fast forward 20 years later and I was brought in to consult with this food manufacturer and its leadership group. On the cusp of bankruptcy and insolvency, the leadership group of the company, having been burned by the Macca food line (again, not the fault of Linda or Paul, just poor timing) and carrying a “highly conservative disposition towards hippie foods,” had declined multiple organic/vegetarian brands over the past 20 years, and the firm was in state to be closed down permanently and scrapped. Fortunately, I was able to step in as consultant and assist the company in a sale and eventual buyout. The outcome? A new ownership group that has managed to bring organic and vegetarian contracts back to the plant, to sustain the existing workforce, and to increase the number of new jobs in a small Northern, Midwest town. The whole experience is actually one of the few moments I have enjoyed in my career as an accountant.
So to JPM/Faul: No worries, Macca, Sagesigma has your back.
And I will most certainly be purchasing Pure McCartney on deluxe vinyl when released this coming June in search of future clues; clues or no clues included, it really is the only way to listen to the music. I just wish “Hope of Deliverance” was one of the tracks on the list.
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