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2003-Jan-22: PC Paul

The BBC is reporting today that in America an alteration has been made to the  Beatles' classic Abbey Road album cover.   Companies that sell posters and merchandise items featuring the classic photo have requested that the cigarette be removed from barefoot Paul McCartney's hand.

In other reports, a friend of Sir Paul and Ringo Starr is quoted as saying:

"There has been a lot of pressure from the anti-smoking lobby. Much of the merchandise now appears without the cigarette. It may seem like political correctness gone mad but there is a strong feeling that smoking shouldn't be depicted as cool. There is a movement to remove the cigarette from the actual album sleeve if it is re-issued."
The BBC reports that the airbrushing was done without the permission of either McCartney or
Apple Records.   An Apple spokesman told the BBC:
"We have never agreed to anything like this. It seems these poster companies got a little carried away."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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