In honor of the Beatles documentary Get Back premiering over Thanksgiving on Disney+, Carrie takes us through one of her favorite conspiracies of all time: "Paul is Dead".
This conspiracy theory, which spread across the globe like wildfire beginning in late 1969, purports that the "Cute Beatle", Paul McCartney - writer of such classic songs as "Yesterday", "Hey Jude", and more - was killed in a tragic car accident in November 1966. Not wanting to cause mass hysteria, The Beatles partnered up with MI-5 to cover up the untimely death, hiding the truth from the press and replacing McCartney with a lookalike, William Shears Campbell. Fake Paul, or 'Faul', premiered on the album cover art and in the songs for The Beatles' subsequent album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"...and has played the part of Paul McCartney ever since.
At least, that's what the conspiracy claims. And there are apparently dozens of clues to back the theory up; clues placed purposefully in the lyrics, music, and album art of The Beatles' final works before their official breakup in 1970. There are even tidbits to be found throughout each of The Beatles' solo careers, too.
Carrie explores and explains all of the most intriguing clues, gives us the skinny on what "I Am the Walrus" really means, and debates the strange sounds heard in backwards Beatles recordings. Do these strange backmasks really hold the key to unravel the mystery of "Paul is Dead"?
Thanks to the fabulous STATIC ERA RECORDS for sponsoring this episode - find them at www.staticerarecords.com!
*All music used in this episode is the property of the copyright holders and utilized here purely for academic purposes. Usage of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" @ 51:00 has been muted.
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