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Paul McCartney: 'I was told to retire when I reached 50'

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  • By: Mike Kovacich

McCartney says his ex-manager advised him to quit on his career but he refused, and now 20 years later

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Mike Kovacich

Twenty years since his former manager advised him to retire, Paul McCartney is still going strong. In those twenty years he has several tours playing to millions of fans.

"One of my old guys who I used to have as my manager, I was knocking 50 and he said 'I think it's time you retired'. I thought, I know what you mean, but I don't really feel like it.

"And if I'm really enjoying this, why retire? So I decided against it, and got rid of him. I wonder what he thinks today. Perhaps that he was right, but hopefully not."

His decision to push forward was to the delight of many fans. It's not like he had to carry a lunch pale to work right Paul?

"People say to me 'you work so hard'. We don't work hard, we play music - we don't work music. It sounds simplistic but it's really true. It's not like going into an office."

Let do the math here. Paul said he was approaching 50 so that would be some time in 1991. Albums released since then include: Liverpool Oratorio, Unplugged (The Official Bootleg), Off The Ground, Paul Is Live, Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest, Standing Stone, Flaming Pie, Rushes, Working Classical, Run Devil Run, Liverpool Sound Collage, a Garland For Linda, Driving Rain, Wingspan, Back in the US, Back in the World, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Twin Freaks, Ecce Cor Meum,Memory Almost Full, Electric Arguments and Good Evening New York City.

Some pretty awesome albums there. Then there's the single and deluxe releases. Then there a little project like called The Beatles Anthology. The McCartney Years, the books and paintings. Now that millions of his private images/audio/video archived is being put in his private cloud by HP, we can expect a great deal more from the man who decide instead to ignore the advice of his then manager.

Guess I should mention his entire catalog being re-mastered, re-packaged and re-released. Good thing for he decided not to re-tire.

Last Updated: 07/05/11 14:34

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by Mike : Ontario, Canada July 2, 2011 11:30 PM EDT (FUNsite member)
This website may not be here if Paul had taken that advice. The story goes, I started this site around an audio I stumbled onto from a yet unreleased single from a soon to be released album. The song was "Young Boy", from Flaming Pie. Wonder what the former manager is up to these days.
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by Norwegian Wood : Juniors farm July 2, 2011 9:37 AM EDT (Guest)  click to register
Haha, so his career should have ended after "Flowers in the Dirt" then. I don`t think so; "Flaming Pie", "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard", "Back in the World" (my favorite McCartney live album after "Wings Over America", The Fireman project, the wonderful choral work "Ecce Cor Meum" and lots of other great music. It`s just another proof that artists should never listen to `critics` or others who can`t make music. Let the creative create. : )
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McCartney says his ex-manager advised him to quit on his career but he refused, and now 20 years later