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Paul Is Undead Paperback – Bargain Price, June 22, 2010
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Were three of the Beatles really zombies? Before shaking your head no, examine the connection between the band and author Edgar Allan Poe. In his immortal 1967 song "I Am the Walrus," John Lennon cries out, "Man you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe." Less renowned but no less pertinent is Paul McCartney's shout-out to Poe in his 1968 song unreleased by the Beatles, "Thingumybob." This tune's title is a blatant reference to Poe's "The Literary Life of Thingum Bob, Esq." Combine these unassailable facts with Poe's most famous tale, "The Fall of the House of Usher," noted as "the basis of zombie mythology in modern pop culture" (see [...]), and one conclusion alone raises its rotting head: Goldsher is dancing around shrouded truths, not beguiling lies. In the Beatles-Poe nexus, Poe was the legendary "Fifth Beatle" who ushered the band in all things zombie.
Still unconvinced the Beatles were zombies? Find a vinyl copy of the band's 1966 album "Revolver." Play the song "She Said She Said" forwards on a standard turntable at precisely 33 and 1/3 RPM, and confession emerges clear as day to the astute listener: "I know what it's like to be dead." Kudos to Goldsher for venturing where no Beatleologist before him dared.
That said, no way Ringo's a ninja. That's just silly.
One thing I will say is that this has, by far, the grossest description of how the zombie process happens. *shudders* It involves tongue lengthening and brain fluids and spitting and far too much information that I really don't want to re-read again to find out. However, I guess the Liverpool zombies were the cream of the crop somehow. They maintained their human personalities, had no slowing of movements, could heal themselves, and hypnotize their victims. I don't know if I buy much of that, but whatever works to make zombie Beatles rule the world.
Anyhow, another parody bust for me. I would probably recommend Paul Is Undead for those who like the Beatles AND don't mind zombies OR reading interviews to piece together a story.
Like a mad scientist, Goldsher grinds his love for the Beatles with even more pop culture references. For example, Ringo is a ninja lord, and Mick Jagger is a zombie hunter. This book is for those who enjoy trips down absurd roads and strange paths. The major problem is that between feeding frenzies and witty banter, the book plot is almost nonexistent, making for some dull chapters. It is certain, however, that Goldsher loves the subject, and he is not afraid to take the Beatles down both a comical and dark path. Blood, guts and dismemberment are a constant source of humor. It is a clever little book that will give both music fans and horror enthusiasts a chill.
*Originally published for San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review*
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The absolutely true and absolutely hilarious history of how the Beatles REALLY came to be.Published 20 months ago by Robert S. Gransee
If you love zombies and the Beatles then this is the book for you. Although I felt that the book was a little over-the-top at times (especially, when it came to body parts, in... Read morePublished on April 15, 2014 by T.S. Charles (author)
I'm from Mexico and by a moment I thought that maybe this not could achieved. It was a joy achieve this outcome. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Rouxsie
I have been a Beatles fan since 1964 and had a blast reading this! Some fans are to thin-skinned to really enjoy the twisted humor here, but I got a kick out of it! Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by Rocky B
personally if you ask me its funny book if you are a HUGE beatlemaniac otherwise you'll hate it and comedys just make you laugh
i laughed its just that simple
I bought this being a huge Beatles fan, and thought this seemed like it might be some silly fun. The idea seemed to be rather clever, the idea of taking the Paul Is Dead theme and... Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by Terminusj
I am a huge Beatles fan (but then again, who isn't, right?) so I was really happy to find a Beatles book just slightly off the beaten path. Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by Reneé Kazmar