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Macca unsure about Beatles studies

Sir Paul McCartney has said he believes it is "ridiculous" that The Beatles are now the subject of a university course as he doesn't think becoming a pop star is something that can be taught.

The 72-year-old musician was answering a question on his website from a student doing an MA in Popular Music at university in Liverpool, asking how he felt about the work of The Beatles being studied.

Macca wrote: "For me it's ridiculous, and yet very flattering. Ridiculous because we never studied anything, we just loved our popular music: Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, etc. And it wasn't a case of 'studying' it.

"I think for us, we'd have felt it would have ruined it to study it. We wanted to make our own minds up just by listening to it. So our study was listening. But to be told - as I was years ago now - that The Beatles were in my kids' history books? That was like 'What?! Unbelievable, man!' Can you imagine when we were at school, finding yourself in a history book?!

"So it's very flattering, and I think it's a kind of cool idea really, you know, like in LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts). So yeah, it's very flattering. At the same time, I don't think that by studying popular music you can become a great popular musician; it may be that you use it to teach other people about the history, that's all valuable.

"But to think that you can go to a college and come out like Bob Dylan? Someone like Bob Dylan, you can't make. It was an early decision when we were thinking of our policies for LIPA, we said: 'We want to train people to be all rounders. Give them as much info as we can. But you can't tell them how to become a Bob Dylan or a John Lennon, because you know, nobody knows how that happens'."

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