In the latest effort of his never ending campaign to reposition his own legacy, Paul McCartney claims to have been the catalyst for awakening the Beatles‘, and most importantly John Lennon‘s, political conscience. In an interview with the intellectual journal Prospect (interview not yet online), McCartney said that he persuaded Lennon to oppose the war in Vietnam and that it was after a meeting with philosopher Bertrand Russell in London in the mid-1960s that he started prodding the other Fabs into politics, according to a post on the Telegraph.
“We sort of stumbled into things,” Sir Paul told Prospect magazine.
“For instance, Vietnam. Just when we were getting to be well known, someone said to me: ‘Bertrand Russell is living not far from here in Chelsea, why don’t you go and see him?’ and so I just took a taxi down there and knocked on the door.”
“I remember going back to the studio either that evening or the next day and telling the guys, particularly John [Lennon], about this meeting and saying what a bad war this was.”
So, Paul was the Artistic One, the Experimental One, and now the Political One…in addition to being the Cute One? Good thing he had such a tight backing band!