Reference Library: Is Paul Left-handed?
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (saki)
Subject: Re: Is Paul left-handed?? (Re: "I'm So Tired" backwards mumbling?)
Date: 6 Jun 1996 05:26:23 GMT
Steph [email@example.com] wrote:
Paul has said in numerous interviews that he is, and always has been,
What I'd like to know is how the "Paul is right-handed but plays left"
urban myth got started in the first place, since it continues to be
perpetuated in several places.
Then saki wrote:
The culprit is...Philip Norman, author of "Shout!", a 1980s biography
of the Fabs that borrows heavily from Hunter Davies (the authorized
biographer) and invents therefrom a few unwarranted myths.
Here's the passage in Davies (1968): "His [Paul's] guitar cost fifteen
pounds and Paul couldn't get anything out of it at first. There seemed to
be something wrong with it. Then he realized it was because he was left-
handed. He took it back and got it altered...."
And here's Norman (1981): "Paul, strangely, made little progress [at the
guitar]. His left-hand fingers found it irksome to shape the patterns of
black dots shown in the tuition book, and his right hand, somehow,
lacked the bounce necessary for strumming. Then he made the discovery
that, although right-handed for every other purpose, he was left-handed
as a guitar player".
Considering that McCartney, who worked closely with Davies on the earlier
book, must have been the early source that he was left-handed, and has
since corroborated the fact that he's left-handed, one can only wonder
where Norman got his information.
Indeed, one often wonders that about Norman. :-)
but then Steve Robinson [firstname.lastname@example.org] wrote:
In "A Day In The Life" (1995 Delacorte Press), author Mark Hertsgaard
asserts that Paul was right-handed - the only thing he did left-handed
was play guitar.
A friend of mine remembers seeing a photo of Paul with a pen in his
and email@example.com wrote:
From Rolling Stone issue 482, September 11, 1986
Kurt Loder: On a more trivial but similarly ancient note, a new biography
of you claims that Paul McCartney, the world's most famous left-handed
bassist, is actually right-handed. True?
Paul McCartney: No, I'm quite definitely left-handed.
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