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2001-May-29: Vindicating Linda

In a interview with Mojo magazine to be published later this week, Sir Paul states that a major motivation behind the entire Wingspan project was to exorcise the humiliation and hurt caused by the circulation of a tape that has been circulating for years which isolates Linda's out of tune background vocal on Hey Jude:

 "The great thing is, it vindicates Linda. I know she wanted to do the Wingspan thing. She knew that if it was laid out correctly, people would get the idea. With all the slagging off she got, like the famous Knebworth tape... The truth is she was doing this (he stands and raises his hands above his head to clap) She was the big cheerleader. But you don't see the visual. You just hear this out-of-tune- voice, and I know she always wanted the record put straight. And this does.  You see her playing. And you hear her singing beautifully."

In the interview, Sir Paul also voices his resentment at the stereotyping of John Lennon as the working-class Beatle:

"Everyone thought John was the hard, working-class hero. As you know, if you look at his house, he was actually the middle-class one from Woolton. We were the scruffs. He had the full works of Winston Churchill. Nobody any of us knew had that.  A set of encyclopedia was the most anyone in our class had. But he had the works of Winston Churchill and he'd read 'em I think."

He also speaks of their reconciliation:

"It's one of the great blessings of my life, seeing as he got shot, that during the last year we made it up.  It was cool that I'd started ringing him. We'd had a bread strike over here and I rang him and I was saying, What are you doing? He says. I'm baking some bread.' 'Oh! Me too.' Imagine, with the stereotypes, John and Paul talking about baking bread.

"He'd just had Sean, and he was talking about just padding round the apartment in his dressing gown, putting the cat out and changing the baby.  It was really warm to be able to talk to him that ordinarily, finally. It was like we'd got back to where we been when we were kids."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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