When Paul McCartney is declared dead by the media in 1969, it seems that The Beatles have been keeping secrets for many years. Mysterious clues seem to be hidden on record covers and in songs. When this information strikes a Detroit radio station, it spreads like wildfire around the world. But did McCartney really die? The documentary Who Buried Paul McCartney? shows, for the first time, the true story behind one of the greatest mysteries in the history of rock 'n' roll. Written by
Very Well-Done Documentary, But It Aches To Be Longer
I am the author of the definitive book on the so-called "Paul-Is-Dead" hoax ("Turn Me On, Dead Man" by Andru J. Reeve). This was a topic that I began to research in earnest back in 1985, finally publishing the first version of my book in 1993, with an expanded edition issued last year (2005). Like the director of this documentary (Wouter Van Opdorp), I tracked down all the principle players of this drama and interviewed them. But I went further, and uncovered additional new information (the Terry Knight connection is entirely my discovery). Plus, I discuss how the media reacted to the story, both in newspapers and on the radio (and, to a lesser degree, on television news). And I examine the impact on the culture, presenting reasons WHY the rumor started and why it spread the way that it did.
Therefore, my only complaint about "Who Buried Paul McCartney" would be that it doesn't cover the rumor with the same depth my book does. Since Wouter used my book as a source, he should've known all about the wealth of radio shows, TV news programs, etc., that he could've utilized to more completely tell the story. And this wasn't a "time" problem -- the documentary is scarcely 30 minutes in length, so it could've been expanded to feature-length (85 to 95 minutes, which also would have made it more accessible to prospective distributors).
Having said all this, it must be stressed that I really enjoyed "Who Buried Paul McCartney", and I think it certainly stands as a very important addition to the "Paul-Is-Dead" canon. And for the casual viewer, it will serve to explain a great deal of the saga and make some sense of it. However, if the viewer has seen the documentary and then thirsts for more, I hope they will seek out my book.
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