It's the most enduring legend in Rock 'n Roll history... Paul McCartney was killed in a car accident in November 1966. But instead of announcing Paul's death, the Beatles' brain-trust covered it up and secretly replaced Paul with a talented look-alike. Perhaps motivated by feelings of remorse, the surviving Beatles decided to reveal this dark secret to their fans through a series of clues left in song lyrics and album cover art.
Richard speaks with a documentary filmmaker, the curator of a touring Beatles exhibit and a Rock historian about how the legend got started, and why it continues to endure to this day.
James Cushman is a native of Middleboro, Massachussettes. Jim has an extensive Beatles collection that includes a pair of John Lennon’s long johns , a locket of Paul McCartney’s hair, Ringo Starr’s drumsticks and a t-shirt that belonged to George Harrison. Jim also owns the copy of Double Fantasy that Lennon signed for Mark David Chapman just hours before his murder. Jim is a curator with The Magical History Tour, a touring Beatles memorabilia exhibit. A walking encyclopedia of Beatles facts and dates, Cushman and his collection have been featured on national and international television as well as various publications.
Mitch Fillion is Toronto-based filmmaker behind the documentary, Who Is This Now? A Paul is Dead Film. He did it with virtually no budget — less than $5,000. He wrote, directed, edited, and acted in them himself. The trilogy explores fringe theories related to hidden knowledge, expanding human consciousness, and other assorted esoterica. Fillion calls his films “disguised documentaries.” They take place in a slightly altered version of reality. He plays an exaggerated version of himself.
R. Gary Patterson was known as 'the Fox Mulder of Rock.' HIs book, The Walrus Was Paul: The Great Beatles Death Clues published in 1994 established Gary as one of the world's foremost experts on The Beatles and 'The Paul is Dead' hoax.