Paul McCartney recently revealed who he would have if he hadn’t been a Beatle. Instead of being a rock and rock legend named Sir McCartney, he would’ve been Mr. McCartney—an English teacher.
During an interview with BBC Radio, which airs tomorrow, McCartney said he had a “plan B,” just in case the Beatles weren’t successful (impossible). He would have gone into the noble teaching profession. But he noted that he was only qualified to teach “lower-level English literature.”
The singer told BBC’s John Wilson that he had a very special teacher named Alan Durband at the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys who opened his mind to classic books.
“He was great, a very good teacher. And he got me interested in [Chaucer] by telling me about The Miller’s Tale,” McCartney said. “When I read it, I thought, ‘This is great. It’s really dirty.’ It gave me a lot of respect for Chaucer, and then it got me interested in other bits of literature. And I became really interested in going to the Royal Court in Liverpool and watching plays and reading plays because he’d done the thing that great teachers do.”
Luckily for us and the entire world, the Beatles did find fame. Because where would the music world be without them? But we still commend McCartney for wanting to spread his passion for knowledge to future generations, just as Alan Durand did for him.
Paul McCartney Calls Out the Rolling Stones for Being a ‘Blues Cover Band’ and Mick Jagger Fires Back
It seems that there is some bad blood between two of the most legendary singers in music history, Sir Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger.
In a new interview with Yahoo News, Paul McCartney admitted that he’s unimpressed by the Rolling Stones. And he believes that the Beatles were far more original and versatile.
“I’m not sure I should say it,” McCartney said—before saying it. “But [the Rolling Stones] is a blues cover band, that’s sort of what the Stones are. I think our net was cast a bit wider than theirs.”
And the jab wasn’t the first by McCartney. In April of 2020, Howard Stern asked McCartney about his opinion on The Rolling Stones because the two are often compared. And McCartney said the same thing, that the Stones music was all rooted in Blues.
“We had a little more influences,” he added. “There are a lot of differences, and I love the Stones, but I’m with you. The Beatles were better.”
When Mick Jagger heard the snub, he had one simple response.
“The real difference between these two bands is that one is unbelievably luckily still playing in stadiums. And the other band doesn’t exist.”