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Paul McCartney on the ’60s: ‘Everybody Was Getting Stoned’

Paul McCartney on the ’60s: ‘Everybody Was Getting Stoned’

Paul McCartney on the ’60s: ‘Everybody Was Getting Stoned’
July 23
11:31 2021

Paul McCartney is the subject of a terrific documentary series currently streaming on Hulu. Legendary music producer Rick Rubin interviews the former Beatle in a spare studio setting. It’s shot in black and white and is directed by Zachary Heinzenling.

McCartney 3, 2, 1 features a lot of shop talk by two veterans of the recording studio. Rubin has access to the entire Beatles catalog and chooses the songs he wants to discuss wisely. They both slide levers on the board, adding and subtracting song parts. McCartney often plays piano and sings along (occassionally forgetting lyrics) as Rubin bobs his head in accompaniment.

McCartney comes off as humble almost to a fault with lines like, “I specialize in bold mistakes” (referring to his guitar solo on “Another Girl”) and “I’d butt in and they’d hate me for it” (referring to “Something”). Essentially, if he had a briliant idea, they other guys would tell him, “You do it.” So, McCartney learned to play guitar, bass, piano and drums.

While Rubin may geek out a bit too much about McCartney’s underrated bass playing, he is an accomodating host. Even someone like Rubin, who’s produced albums for everyone from Public Enemy to the Black Crowes, can turn into a fanboy when in the in the presence of one of the two living Beatles.

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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