Paul with a Humorous View of Ringo
Some years ago, Ringo Starr released a famous video in which he stated that he no longer would sign his autograph for fans. Howard Stern asks Paul McCartney about that.
|"Having a wonderful Christmastime."|
|Linda McCartney hard at work|
|It's rather a nice design for the cover, don't you think?|
|Paul very carefully gives everybody the proper finger salute on his way home from jail|
|Paul on his way out of Japan|
“We were about to fly to Japan and I knew I wouldn’t be able to get anything to smoke over there,” McCartney said in 2004. “This stuff was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I’d take it with me.”Ah, youth.
“We’d been told [that] whatever we did, don’t take it to Japan. Very severe penalties.”The only answer, then, is hubris. Well, or plain stupidity. Eh, probably hubris.
“When the fellow pulled it out of the suitcase, he looked more embarrassed than me,” he said. “I think he just wanted to put it back in and forget the whole thing, you know, but there it was.”Called ‘Prisoner 22’, McCartney was given no special treatment in the jail. He had to work out for himself that he was not allowed to wash and brush his teeth each morning until he had swept his cell and folded his bedding.
“I started to realize, “Right, I’m going to get up when the light goes on, I’m going to be the first up, I’m going to be the first with his room cleaned, I’m going to roll up my bed, I’m going to do this, I’m going to do that.’”He also remained in the clothes he had landed in for three days, being unaware that he could ask for a change of clothing. So much for the life of a rock star!
“It’s really very silly. People certainly are different over here. They take it so very seriously. Paul is now in some kind of detention place and I have not been allowed to see him. As soon as they get someone nice like Paul, they seem to make a field day out of it. I’ll never come back to Japan again. This is my first trip and last!”Actually, I'm not sure, but I think it was her only trip to Japan. And almost all of it spent in the airport!
“I have been a fool. What I did was incredibly dumb. My God, how stupid I have been! I was really scared, thinking that I might be imprisoned for so long and now I have made up my mind never to touch the stuff again. From now on, all I’m going to smoke is straightforward [cigarets]s and no more pot!”Now, now, Paul. He did give up the weed - twenty years later, though. But not before another drug bust, in Barbados in 1984. that time, he only was fined, the Barbadian not quite the sticklers for draconian punishments.
|Does that guy look happy finding all that weed, or what?|
|Stella hasn't quite gotten her fashion sense in order yet|
|Even in 1980, people knew better than this, believe me on that. Ugh.|
|The drug bust turned a typical tour into a media sensation.|
|Paul gave Michael Jackson some memorabilia from the cancelled tour.|
|Paul with Stu Sutcliffe, who had the best photographer feel of any of them|
|At Paul's Cavendish home early 1969|
|Again at Cavendish, now with Wings, 1972|
|Paul at the Apple launch 1968|
|At the Concert for George, with Dhani Harrison, 2002|
|Recording RAM in 1971 with Linda|
|In India early 1968. "Isn't this something to remember," he seems to be saying to us.|
|With the Quarrymen circa 1959|
|Same fellows, same Paul shirt, unbelievably cool nod to history and posterity.|
|In Nashville 1974 circa "Junior's Farm," having fun with the locals|
|Paul with Linda at Sgt. Pepper launch, while still officially with Jane Asher|