American academia

Kenneth Womack is the author of a two-volume biography of the life and work of Beatles producer George Martin. He is Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University.

Err:

Recorded 50 years ago this month, “Maybe I’m Amazed” launched McCartney’s solo career in fine style. It would become a concert staple for the ages, a much-covered rock classic that would stand among his finest Fab Four achievements. In 2009, he acknowledged that it would be “the song he would like to be remembered for in the future.”

The point is that it’s not among his Fab Four achievements even while it can stand alongside them.

Sigh.

23 thoughts on “American academia”

  1. DB, IIRC, he alsowrote most(?) of the songs, quite a few big ones anyway, but I always got the impression Rod and Ron bullied him a bit, laughed at him behind his back and in interviews, and on top of that he didn’t really get paid properly. Of course, Rod has changed his tune in many of the recent interviews.

  2. I once shared a room with a guy who played the Faces ‘Long Player’ virtually non-stop. I grew to hate it, but then a few years later realised that I missed it and bought the CD. Yes, their live take on ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ is (IMHO) the only version you need.

    P.S. Like Steve, my details in the comments boxes have auto-populated with someone else’s info.

  3. “Richard – your comment forms are showing me other people’s names and email addresses…”

    Tom, report yourself to the local information commissioner immediately!!!!!!

  4. Dennis, On The Front Lines Fightin' Them Chlorinated Chickens

    The fact that you have the dean of a university writing about Paul McCartney and the Beatles tells you all you need to know about the state of scholarship in the Humanities.

  5. Dennis, Stickler For Detail

    DB, IIRC, he also wrote most(?) of the songs, quite a few big ones anyway, but I always got the impression Rod and Ron bullied him a bit, laughed at him behind his back and in interviews, and on top of that he didn’t really get paid properly.

    Ron Wood did the same to Nicky Hopkins. As with Laine, Wood ignored his musicianship and judged him as being insufficiently ‘rock star’. And of course the pinnacle of Wood’s career is being a fake Bill Wyman. Big deal. Wood’s a class-a dick if ever there was one.

  6. Darryl Jones was the replacement for Bill Wyman, Ron Wood was the eventual permanent replacement for Brian Jones after Mick Taylor quit.

  7. The point is that it’s not among his Fab Four achievements even while it can stand alongside them.

    Editor’s sabbatical.

  8. Darryl Jones is technically not in the band, presumably the others don’t want to give him a cut.

    Going from Mick Taylor to Ron Wood was one of the biggest downgrades in musical history.

  9. Very true, JerryC, but, nevertheless, he is the bass player for the band.

    We saw them at Hope Wine Estate in November 2014 when Mick Taylor played as a guest on Midnight Rambler and Satisfaction, his class really shone through.

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