Paul McCartney might be the envy of songwriters worldwide, but the former Beatle directs his admiration towards fellow legendary rocker, Bob Dylan.
During a recent interview with Uncut magazine, the “Say Say Say” singer spoke highly of Dylan’s cool and removed nature. “I always like what he [Dylan] does… Sometimes I wish I was a bit more like Bob. He’s legendary… and doesn’t give a s***!” McCartney told the publication. But his praise for Bob goes beyond just a flippant disposition. Paul also glowed about the artist’s new music.
“His new album? I thought it was really good. He writes really well. I love his singing – he came through the standards albums like a total crooner. But, yeah, I like his new stuff.” He told Uncut that “Bob Dylan and Neil Young” make his personal fan list.
McCartney and Dylan’s relationship was forged in the revolutionary strings of 1960’s rock n’ roll. During a 2012 interview on Conan, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr confirmed Dylan was present during the band’s first experience using marijuana. That relationship grew into a collaborative experience that McCartney still remembers to this day.
“We certainly got a lot from Dylan and I know I had one of his first LPs at home before The Beatles,” Paul told BBC Radio 2 for the documentary John Lennon at 80. “I used to play that quite a lot so I was steeped in him.”
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Paul stands 50 years removed from his self-titled debut solo album McCartney. But he’s adding to that legacy with the third instalment McCartney III, set to release December 11. It’s mostly built from live takes of his vocals and guitar. He reveals in a press release, the writing process began when revisiting the unreleased track “When Winter Comes.” Paul crafted a new passage for the song, featuring its new 2020 intro “Winter Bird”, creating a beautiful grand finale.
You can pre-order McCartney III via Paul’s website, or wait for its December 11 release.