Lovely Linda and the Band on the Run

7. november 2010

Immediately after the Beatles, though, I was just trying to form a group. OK, I thought: I can ring up a lot of famous people and get a supergroup together, or I can go with my instinct – which is that groups don’t happen like that. There has to be a certain amount of building up, shared experience, shared music. That’s how it was when I started out with John – neither of us really knew how to do much. And it’s the kiss of death if someone says they’re the next Beatles. I was in that position with Wings, taking on this impossible task – in which my lovely wife wasn’t even a musician. I had Mick Jagger saying [bad Mick Jagger impersonation], ‘What’s he doing getting his old lady in the band?’” (Paul McCartney til The Guardian)

Vi var mange, der – sammen med Mick Jagger – undrede os over Lindas optræden i Wings. Hendes kvalifikationer var – ærligt talt – at være Pauls ‘lovely Linda’. Og hendes egen soloplade understregede, at det var sÃ¥dan, det var. Set pÃ¥ afstand kan jeg godt forstÃ¥, at Paul indlemmede ‘the old lady’ i gruppen. Han gjorde af kærlighed til madammen. Er det ikke sÃ¥dan, det er? Og er det ikke, nÃ¥r alt kommer til alt, vigtigt, at vi kan tage den slags hensyn – og ikke kun kunstneriske og kommercielle?

Paul McCartney fortæller (igen) om tilblivelsen af Band On The Run i et interimistisk studio i Lagos, om Nowhere Boy som fiktion, og tiden efter Beatles og om at spille for nye Beatlesfans osv.

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