Paul McCartney wished he was more like Bob Dylan
There’s not a person on Earth who wouldn’t want to be Paul McCartney. He has lived an incredible life, first as part of the Beatles, and then as a solo artist. But, who does Sir Paul wish he was like? As it turns out, he wished he was more like a fellow rock star, Bob Dylan.
While talking to Uncut Magazine on his latest upcoming album, McCartney III, he talked about Bob Dylan and his recent effort ‘Rough and Rowdy Ways’. There, while admiring the singer, he also admitted that he wished he was more like him. Sir Paul said:
I always like what he does. Sometimes I wish I was a bit more like Bob. He’s legendary… and doesn’t give a sh*t! But I’m not like that. 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. People ask me who I’m a fan of and Bob Dylan and Neil Young always make the list.
Later on, Paul McCartney also shared a picture of his cover on Uncut magazine on Twitter. If you order the magazine, it will also come along with a 1970 Paul McCartney scrapbook and a Review of the Year.
Out this week, the new issue of @uncutmagazine features Paul on the cover talking about #McCartneyIII, with photography by @maryamccartney. Order a copy here for home delivery: https://t.co/N5N5O39UTM pic.twitter.com/S7bJwaYpx9
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) November 10, 2020
Bob Dylan was also an inspiration for the Beatles, confirms Paul McCartney
Other than just being influenced by Dylan’s attitude, he was also a massive inspiration for the Beatles. In an interview with Sean Lennon on John Lennon’s 80th Birthday in a BBC 2 Radio Documentary, Sir Paul revealed that where the “interpersonal” and “reflective” songwriting of the fab four came from. And the answer to that was Dylan, as Paul McCartney said:
We certainly got a lot from Dylan and I know I had one of his first LPs at home before The Beatles. I used to play that quite a lot so I was steeped in him and I think your dad was too, but that was just one of the influences.
Furthermore, Sir Paul also talked about some iconic Beatles songs that John Lennon wrote, saying how they were a reflection of his childhood:
There’s an awful lot more because ‘Strawberry Fields’ and ‘Penny Lane’, those are very much us remembering our youth. And it’s a funny thing we used to say when we were little older, I mean, older, like 20 or something even – really young, like babies, you know – but we thought we were kind of men of the universe and big men by then as we get a little bit older.