When you’re one of the most famous musicians in the world from arguably the most well-known band ever, autograph seekers are likely going to follow you wherever you go. While Sir Paul McCartney doesn’t mind stopping to have a chat with fans, he’s spoken out against giving autographs saying that he thinks the request is “strange.”
The 79-year-old co-founder of The Beatles spoke with Reader’s Digest recently. McCartney doesn’t seem to understand the allure of getting someone’s signed name on an item. He also doesn’t love selfies, but prefers to have a conversation and exchange stories with fans.
“It always struck me as a bit strange. ‘Here. Can I write your name down on the back of this till receipt please?’ Why? We both know who I am,” Paul McCartney told Reader’s Digest.
He then shared why he doesn’t love the idea of taking photos with fans either.
“What you’ve usually got is a ropey photo with a poor backdrop and me looking a bit miserable. Let’s chat, let’s exchange stories,” he added.
Paul McCartney Isn’t the Only Beatle That Dislikes Autographs
In addition to Paul McCartney’s recent thoughts on autographs, his bandmate Ringo Starr has shared the same opinion for years. Back in 2008, Starr decided to stop accepting mail sent to him for autographs.
“Serious message to everybody watching my update right now. Peace and love, peace and love,” Ringo Starr said in a 2008 video message to his fans. “I want to tell you, please, after the 20th of October, do not send fan mail to any address that you have. Nothing will be signed after the 20th of October. If that has a date on the envelope, it’s going to be tossed. I’m warning you with peace and love, I have too much to do. So no more fan mail, thank you, thank you, and no objects to be signed, Nothing.”
Ten years later, Paul McCartney’s bandmate made an appearance on Howard Stern‘s show. The famous radio show host asked Starr about his previous decision to not sign autographs. His biggest issue with autographs comes from resellers who would pose as fans. In fact, while in New York City, he realized a reseller listed his recent autograph for thousands of dollars. That’s when he called it quits on signing memorabilia, and why he only signs items for charity these days.
“That was one angry moment. In New York, actually, I was signing scratch plates that they have on guitars. And someone said, ‘Have you seen on the internet?’ There’s a guitar with my signature on a scratch plate,” Starr told Stern.
“Someone had screwed one onto a sh–ty guitar and was selling it for three grand,” Starr continued. “And I said, ‘No.’ I only sign for charity now.”