Saturday, June 5, 2010

Where's Mark David Chapman when you need him?

I once read a piece by a music professor who felt the Beatles were among the most overrated groups in music history. His contention was that they were a cultural phenomena, not a musical one; They simply became trendy at the same time the self-involved baby boomers were looking for something to latch on to.

I don't know enough about music to know if the professor was right. Personally, I think Frank Sinatra and Barry Manilow each recorded 30 or more songs that I would rather listen to than anything the Beatles ever made.

But regardless of the music, we learned this week that one of the Beatles, Paul McCartney, is a classless piece of crap. During a White House reception in his honor, he said, "After the last eight years, it’s good to have a president that knows what a library is.”

Set aside the irony of a guy who didn't go to college casting aspersions about the intellectual capacity of the holder of a Harvard MBA. What sort of graceless, neanderthal boob do you have to be to travel to a foreign country and hurl a baseless insult - during a non-political event - at someone who's no longer in office?

It's worth noting that in his recent divorce proceedings, McCartney's ex-wife, Heather Mills, complained that McCartney was "often drunk, smoked cannabis, stabbed her with a broken wine glass, pushed her over a table, and pushed her into a bathtub when she was pregnant with their daughter."

Classy guy. I can see why the Obamas wanted him to stop by.

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