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2001-Mar-30: Mark Lewisohn Observes

Spokesman Geoff Baker described Sir Paul's Liverpool appearance last week as ''Beatlemania all over again - the adulation for him has never gone and I think he's probably more popular now than ever.''

In a Leicester Mercury interview, Beatles authority Mark Lewisohn was asked was asked to comment on this phenomenon:

''I don't think his appeal has ever really diminished. I have been at events attended by a room full of famous people and celebrities and yet when he walks in they turn to look at him. Clearly he has a stature that is beyond most people.

''Paul positively thrives on adulation. It is oxygen to him. I once asked him about being famous because it does impose restrictions. But his reply was that he was very happy with where he was, he wanted fame and he loves it.

"You would never hear him moaning about the downside of it. And, of course, performing and creating is the breath of life to him. I can't see him ever retiring from it.

''He once said he has met presidents and prime ministers but never met anyone with more common sense than the everyday Liverpool working man. He loves the city and the people, and they recognise that.

''People don't lose interest in him because he is always out there trying something new. He always goes for it, and dares to be different. He gets a hard time sometimes for that, but it doesn't stop him.''

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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