Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Paul McCartney on Black Lives Matter: Recalling How the Beatles Refused to Play in Front of a Segregated Audience


Paul McCartney recalls below how the Beatles refused to play in front of a segregated audience back in the mid 60s. On Black Lives Matter, Paul says “I feel sick and angry about what happened to George Floyd.” You may recall that Paul’s song “Blackbird” was written as a song for racial equality. The only time the Beatles had a fifth member was Billy Preston, who played on “Get Back” and sessions for “Abbey Road” and “Let it Be.” And it was 38 years ago this week that Paul topped the charts with Stevie Wonder on “Ebony and Ivory,” a song that preached equality.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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