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The Memoirs of Billy Shears Paperback – September 9, 2009
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Thomas E. Uharriet, author, poet, philosopher, speaker, and teacher, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and his Master of Education degree at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Uharriet is a California native, but lived in Utah while writing and encoding The Memoirs of Billy Shears.
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They seem to have been written primarily as Sir Faul's attempt to keep his children from being sued for Sir Faul's royalties by the children sired prior to 1966 by the hot-to-trot real Paul.
The memoirs also are one long, drawn out wail of self-justification for Sir Faul's "gig" under his "stage" name "McCartney."
Sir Faul portrays his leap for the golden ring of fame and fortune as just a guy doing his job -- a benevolent gesture toward Paul's father and brother to ensure their continued royalties and towards the Beatles themselves to ensure the same.
Sir Faul assures us that his leadership of the group (which he demanded as the "better" musician) was not a hostile takeover. (John, George and Ringo seemed less convinced.)
Sir Faul's confessional is an interesting study of the effects of his over-weaning ambition on himself, on his relationships with wives, children and fellow musicians. Sir Faul paid an emotional high price -- the loss of his musical identity (the inability to claim his own musicianship), and the contempt of many musicians...so much contempt that evidently it could only be assuaged by a Lordship.
Sir Faul had to lie to his own children....thus entangling them in the misery of a pseudo-relationship with their own parents. Freeing his children of the consequences of those lies appears to be mostly what this "confessional" book is about. (If so, good on Shears for this.)
Sir Faul lived with the constant fear of exposure and the sound of phony applause. The Beatles tried to cover themselves for lying by outing themselves with hints in their songs and album covers, as in "See, we were trying to tell you the truth but you wouldn't listen."
Shears tucks some creepy details into the narrative: Shears expected to get the Paul Impersonation Gig, because his uncle was a high-ranking Freemason; Shears had numerous plastic surgeries; Shears ended up sleeping with Jane Asher, the real Paul's girlfriend. (Eeeuuuuieeew....Jane, what were you thinking?)
In the end, John ran away from the Fying Pan of the Beatles Lie into the Fire of Yoko Ono's Banking family connections.
The book does not examine "collateral" damage of the Beatles Scam on the lives of others. ... it only examines the damage to the Central Narcissist. Questions arise about this collateral damage: How many people were murdered to maintain the Lie of the Century? Brian Jones? Mel Evans? John Lennon? George?
When I was little- too young to understand the lyrics- I always thought even up-tempo Beatles music was very sad. Now that I've read this book, I see that much of their music was indeed full of grieving. Kids know things that adults talk themselves out of. I started this book interested in a conspiracy. Now I pray for everyone involved in what appears to be an epic, lingering tragedy. Theirs is a story with victims all around. And should "Sir Paul" and Macca somehow hear me, I give you both my deep gratitude for what you sacrificed to bring great art to the world. Wow.
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