Lennon sent his MBE back in 1969
protesting at Britainís involvement in the Biafran war
and support for America in Vietnam.
MCCARTNEY BACK IN USSR
UPDATE: Sir Paul plays St Petersburg (did encore carrying Russian flag & Putin phoned on birthday). BBC, Jun 20, 2004
The Communists are exporting music to the free world and the free world is exporting music to the Communists. Or has it always been this way? Did they infiltrate the Beatles - just like they did Hollywood?
In my continuing quest for information on WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED TO JOHN LENNON I recently read a biography of Paul McCartney. It was written by a very close associate of his by the name of Barry Miles, who Paul started hanging around with when the Beatles moved to London. While John and the other Beatles were living the quiet life in the suburbs with their wives and children, Paul was prowling the club-scene with communists, heroin addicts, transvestites and other decadent members of counter-culture society. He then made a point of drawing John Lennon unknowingly into this sphere. That's probably one of the things John had in mind when he tormentedly wailed about Paul "How do you sleep at night?"
But I think John was being sarcastic when he said that the only thing Paul ever did was YESTERDAY. From the way he's cozying up to Putin - a KGB spook from way back - I'd bet Paul did BACK IN THE USSR too.
I'm trying to IMAGINE what John would say about Paul's performance in front of the Communist elite in Moscow this week. Tickets to the show were more than what the average Russian makes in a year. He should have closed with what Lennon said at their Royal Command Performance in London on November 4, 1963:
"For our last number I'd like to ask your help.
Would the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands?
And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewellery."
It might have been good for a few laughs - or maybe a one-way trip to the Gulag! ~ Jackie Jura
McCartney serenades Putin
CNN, May 25, 2003
MOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) -- Paul McCartney became the first Beatle to sing inside the Kremlin walls on Saturday, treating President Vladimir Putin to an impromptu version of "Let it Be" before singing to thousands of Russians on Red Square.
Putin, who confessed to being a Beatles fan in his youth, told McCartney the band had been an inspiration during Soviet times, despite Kremlin efforts to discourage Western music. "It was very popular, more than popular," Putin said when asked whether he had listened to the Beatles when contacts with foreign music were discouraged. "It was like a breath of fresh air, like a window on the outside world."
McCartney met Putin in the Kremlin for tea and a guided tour, hours before the first Russian show in the musician's 40-year career.
Putin told McCartney he knew of his plans to play in Russia in the 1980s -- ultimately quashed by Soviet authorities. "It was considered propaganda of an alien ideology," Putin, a former KGB officer, said of Beatles' hits. Although not banned in Soviet times, Beatles music was hard to obtain. Some albums were locally manufactured and many fans heard songs on the Voice of America and BBC radio. "The Beatles did make a lot of changes. We didn't set out to make changes, but we did," McCartney said later.
McCartney, on a 14-month world tour, is not the first Beatle to sing in Russia; Ringo Starr travelled to Moscow in 1998. But he is the only member of the band and one of a handful of artists to be given permission to perform in Red Square.
"(Putin) seemed to be a really nice guy," McCartney told hundreds of reporters in the square. "I sang him a song -- he couldn't come to the concert tonight." He said later he had sung "Let It Be."
Ahead of Saturday's open-air show a group of nationalist Russian deputies objected to plans to stage a pop concert metres from the graves of Soviet leaders Lenin, Stalin and dozens of other communist-era heavyweights. Thousands flocked to the concert. Tickets sold for hundreds of dollars in a country where monthly wages are below $100. McCartney, thronged by fans since arriving in Russia, said he would treat 20,000 spectators to three hours of hits, including "Back in the USSR."
Strolling through the Kremlin grounds, McCartney said his trip to Russia had dispelled many notions he had held, including what he might have thought when he wrote that song. "I didn't know anything about it then," he said. "It was a mystical land then. It's nice to see the reality. I always suspected that people had big hearts. Now I know that's true."
Sir Paul plays St Petersburg (did encore carrying Russian flag & Putin phoned on birthday). BBC, Jun 20, 2004. Go to 10.Rulers
BYE, BYE AMERICAN PIE
Communists active in Hollywood (propaganda central to Stalin). WashPost, May 25, 2003. Go to DEFENDING WALT DISNEY
COMMUNISTS COINED "MCCARTHYISM"
Sinatra rejected Paul's song ("Sir" is reminiscing). Ananova, May 17, 2003. Go to 10.The Rulers
BABY FACE PAUL NOT INNOCENT
McCartney: To Russia with Love, E-Online, Mar 23, 2003
From Russia with Lesbian Love. (MTV airs Moscow's porno-teens). MTV.com, Feb 15, 2003
SIR PAUL'S WIFE A LADY?
~ an independent researcher monitoring local, national and international events ~