In the United States this weekend, the television guides in some of the Sunday newspapers contained an interview with Sir Paul talking about his two- hour A&E television special "Paul McCartney in Red Square".
Along with the music, the program explore the impact of Sir Paul and the Beatles on the young Russians- how they helped many young people find their voices against an oppressive regime. Experts are quoted as saying that the Beatles did "more for the fall of communism than any other Western institution." Sir Paul says:
"We knew that the Beatles were kind of known over there, and that gave us a lot of pleasure, the idea that we were popular there. I'd meet Russians on the street in New York or in England, and I'd always feel a sort of family bond with them. I don't know why. Maybe it had something to do with the wars and that feeling of being allies, but that really made it feel like I was an old friend returning when I went to Russia.
"I really wanted to experience Russia, and it was beautiful. I first got sort of a personal tour, then we got into the charity thing, and then we went to Moscow for the concert. That allowed me to touch Russia, and to let it touch me. "Part of me is still a school kid looking at history, but as it unfolds, I'm now a part of it. That's uncanny to me, but it is great to realize that hopefully, I can make some small difference."
Of course, the highlight of the evening was his performance of Back in the USSR. Sir Paul confided, "For years, I had been itching to do that."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
©1994-2013 Harald Gernhardt. All Rights Reserved