You’ve got to give Paul credit for still going out and speaking to crowds about his music. He has been getting honorary degrees and speaking at commencements. This year, he has spoken to the graduating class of the Liverpool Performing Arts Institute.
While trying to play it [“Rain”] back at home, he threaded the tape backwards by mistake and (being stoned at the time), loved what he heard…John mentioned [later] his moment of reverse-enlightenment to George Martin…. [That Magic Feeling, page. 12]
Sir Paul McCartney reveals the mistake
that gave the Beatles a hitAfter a lifetime in showbusiness, Sir Paul McCartney is one of the world’s most respected musicians. So his audience on Friday was surprised to hear him say a mistake gave the Beatles one of their biggest success stories.
Speaking to this year’s graduates at his Liverpool Performing Arts Institute, the 66-year-old told the students how, when recording the Beatles’ album Revolver in the 60s, a mistake led to a tape being played backwards. The sound led to the group creating the psychedelic effect which made the album one of the era’s most defining records.
“We caught hold of the accident when it happened,” he added, advising the audience they should do the same.
As well as passing on his wisdom, the Scouser presented the awards during the two-hour ceremony at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall. The musician also handed over companionships – the institute’s version of an honorary doctorate – to singer-songwriter Cathy Dennis and actor John Hurt, who said he was “thrilled to be here and part of it all”.
And since the stories are related, here is an additional story about the graduaction ceremonies McCartney attended.
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Sir Paul McCartney in town for LIPA graduation
Sir Paul McCartney an John Hurt at LIPA
Sir Paul McCartney today led graduation celebrations at the “fame” school he set up in his home city.
Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (Lipa) opened in 1996 after a long campaign by the former Beatle.
Alongside the graduating students, the actor John Hurt CBE, Grammy Award winner Cathy Dennis and composer Nitin Sawhney were made honorary Companions of the Institute.
Other Companions this year included record producer Trevor Horn, who launched the career of Liverpool band Frankie Goes To Hollywood, music industry lawyer Ann Harrison and choreographer Lea Anderson.
Sir Paul, 66, who remains lead patron of Lipa, gave a speech to the graduates before they were presented with their certificates.
Lipa offers degree qualifications in acting, dance, music and theatre studies.
Lipa Companionships are awarded in recognition of contributions to the world of arts and entertainment.
A spokeswoman for institute said: “All Companions are also committed to sharing their expertise with Lipa students and most have provided masterclasses at the institute.”