McCartney: Studying The Beatles Ridiculous

Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney thinks university courses on The Beatles are ‘ridiculous’.

The rock star and John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr made history in the 1960s with the release of their music.

“For me it’s ridiculous, and yet very flattering. Ridiculous because we never studied anything, we just loved our popular music: Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, etc.,” Paul explained on his website in a blog post entitled, Impossible Fans Q&A – Extra Questions #3.

The Hall of Famer thinks amazing music comes about organically.

Sir Paul co-founded an arts school called the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (Lipa) in 1996.

In reference to the education the students receive, he says, “Give them as much info as we can. But you can’t tell them how to become a Bob Dylan or a John Lennon because, you know, nobody knows how that happens.”

Paul McCartney Speaks Of John Lennon’s Death

The Daily Mail writes that Paul McCartney spoke of his shock when he heard John Lennon had been murdered on the The Jonathan Ross Show in the U.K.

The legendary singer described the moment he heard his former band mate had been been shot dead in New York in December 1980 on last night’s episode.

In the interview, he admitted his only solace was that the pair had managed to heal the rift that formed after The Beatles split in 1970 and were “good friends.”

Paul McCartney called John Lennon’s killer the “jerk of all jerks.”

He said: “I was at home and I got a phone call. It was early in the morning, I was in the country and I just got a phone call and it was like – I think it was like that for everyone.”

“It was just so horrific, you couldn’t take it in and I couldn’t take it in and I just for days you just couldn’t think that he was gone.”

“It was just a huge shock, then I had to tell Linda and the kids and it was very difficult. It was very difficult for everyone.”

He added: “That was, like, a really big shock, I think, in most people’s lives. A bit like Kennedy – there were certain moments like that.”

He talked about Mark Chapman, Lennon’s killer, and he said the worst thing for him about Chapman was he had no real motivation for his actions.

He said: ‘For me it was just so sad that I wasn’t going to see him (Lennon) again and we weren’t going to hang.”

“The phrase kept coming in my head ‘the jerk of all jerks’.”

“This is not even a guy politically motivated. It’s just some total random thing…,” said McCartney.