Published Jun 10, 2010Paul McCartney may be one of only two surviving Beatles, but there's still a small contingent of conspiracists who think he was actually the first to go. According to legend, he was replaced in the Beatles following a car crash in 1966, and the imposter has been performing under the McCartney name ever since. Now, a new DVD claiming to have additional proof via a pair of confessional audiotapes recorded by George Harrison has fanned the flames of conspiracy once more.
As Consequence of Sound points out, the DVD, titled Paul McCartney Really Is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison, features George Harrison admitting that McCartney died in 1966 via two mini-cassette audiotapes recorded in 2005.
According to the DVD's website:
In the summer of 2005, a package arrived at the Hollywood offices of Highway 61 Entertainment from London with no return address. Inside were two mini-cassette audiotapes dated December 30, 1999 and labeled "The Last Testament of George Harrison." A voice identical to Harrison tells a shocking story: Paul McCartney was killed in a car crash in November of 1966 and replaced with a double!
The death, according to the website, was covered up by the MI5 to prevent mass fan suicides, but the band felt guilty about lying to fans and thus, as you know, decided to pepper their post-Paul albums with hints that McCartney was dead. The website even suggests that Lennon was assassinated following his threat to reveal "Paul" as an impostor.
Of course, the whole thing's a bit hard to swallow, if only for the fact that for what seems like legal reasons, the website says the DVD is narrated by tapes featuring "a voice identical to Harrison."
Paul McCartney Really Is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison is available here.
In related news, (the imposter?) Paul McCartney's been a bit of a trouper lately. After receiving the Gershwin Prize, he was almost immediately blasted by Republicans for insulting Bush, and despite having his tour bus attacked by a Mexican gang, he's continuing on with his North American tour.