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is active in campaigns against landmines, seal hunting,
and Third World debt. With a long held belief that
“only people that had been to art school were allowed to
paint” he also developed a love of art and painting which
led him to design series of six postage stamps issued by
the Isle of Man Post on 1 July 2002. According to BBC
News, McCartney seems to be the first major rock star
in the world who is also known as a stamp designer! In
October 2000, Yoko Ono and McCartney presented art
exhibitions in New York and London. McCartney said,
“I’ve been offered an exhibition of my paintings at the
Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool where John and I used
to spend many a pleasant afternoon. So I’m really excited
about it. I didn’t tell anybody I painted for 15 years but
now I’m out of the closet.”
Football Crazy
In his home town of Liverpool, besides music the
other huge passion is football. Although in the days
of the ‘Beatles they were advised by Brian Epsten not
to comment on football so as not to alienate any fans,
Paul is a keen football fan, supporting both Everton and
Liverpool football clubs. In a 2008 interview in 2008,
McCartney ended speculation about his allegiance saying;
“Here’s the deal: my father was born in Everton, my family
are officially Evertonians, so if it comes down to a derby
match or an FA Cup final between the two, I would have
to support Everton. But after a concert at Wembley Arena
I got a bit of a friendship with Kenny Dalglish, who had
been to the gig and I thought ‘You know what? I am just
going to support them both because it’s all Liverpool and
I don’t have that Catholic-Protestant thing.’ So I did have
to get special dispensation from the Pope to do this but
that’s it, too bad. I support them both. They are both great
teams, but if it comes to the crunch, I’m Evertonian.”
However, the ex-Liverpool player, Albert Stubbins, was
the only footballer shown on the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely
Hearts Club Band cover. Another nod to Paul’s love
of football is 1983 video for his “Pipes of Peace” which
recreated the 1915 football game played between German
and British troops during World War I, at Christmas.
A Music Legend
Following countless nominations and awards, on 2 June
2010, McCartney was honoured by Barack Obama with
the Gershwin Prize for his contributions to popular music
in a live show for the White House with performances
by Stevie Wonder, Lang Lang and many others.
McCartney has been touring since 2001 with guitarists
Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, Paul “Wix” Wickens on
keyboards and drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. The incredible
contribution Sir Paul McCartney has made to the musical
world can never be played down and this legendary
songwriter, performer and 14-time Grammy Winner
(amongst other accolades) will be honoured as the 2012
‘MusiCares Person of the Year’ in its 22nd annual benefit
gals to be held in Los Angeles next February, just two
days prior to the 54th annual Grammy Awards. This
will be a most fitting tribute to a man dedicated not only
to music, but who has also achieved a fantastic range of
singular creative accomplishments and devoted himself to
invaluable charitable work and an extraordinary range of
philanthropic activities.
NewWife, New Life
Paul McCartney had high profile relationships with
many women, including the British actress Jane Asher.
During their time together he wrote several songs while
at the Ashers’, including ‘Yesterday’ and several inspired
by Asher, among them ‘And I Love Her’, ‘You Won’t See
Me’, and ‘I’m Looking through You’. McCartney and
Asher had a five-year relationship, and they planned
to marry, but it wasn’t to be and in 1969, McCartney
married American photographer Linda Eastman,
whom he described as the woman who gave him “the
strength and courage to work again” after the break-up
of The Beatles. Paul and Linda were both vegetarian
and supported the animal rights organisation People
for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. They had four
children – Linda’s daughter Heather (who was adopted
by Paul), Mary, Stella and James – and remained married
until Linda’s tragic death from breast cancer in 1998. In
2002, McCartney married former model and anti-mine
campaigner Heather Mill and their daughter Beatrice
was born in 2003. They separated in May 2006 and were
divorced in May 2008.
His company MPL Communications owns the copyrights
to more than 3,000 songs, including all of the songs
written by Buddy Holly, along with the publishing rights
to such musicals as Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, and
Grease. Paul’s most recent marriage to New Yorker Nancy
Shevell in a civil ceremony at Old Marylebone Town
Hall, London – the same venue where he tied the know
with first wife Linda – on 9 October 2011 was a ‘low-
key affair’ attended by a group of around 30 family and
friends. Nancy is a member of the board of the New York
Metropolitan Transportation Authority as well as vice
president of a family-owned transportation conglomerate
which owns New England Motor Freight. Paul’s marriage
to Nancy, an American Heiress signifies the beginning
of yet another exciting chapter in Paul McCartney’s life
and his latest tour shows that this former Beatle and
international superstar has still ‘got it’! And so unfolds
even more adventures in the colourful and varied life of
Sir Paul McCartney – one of the UK’s wealthiest people –
with a stunning new wife and a fabulous new world tour.
This is one former Beatle who certainly still rocks!