Yes – I know many of you will have seen it, but many of you won’t. And even if you have – it’s worth watching again. You can do so here.
I love the barber’s reaction when McCartney walks into her shop, and then that two mins later she is fondling his hair like she would with any customer.
I love Penny Lane – what a great song. Those key changes. That piccolo solo. A song about everyday life that has stood the test of time and survived the dodgy editing in this video.
I love that they had to put subtitles on the Scouse accents.
Most of all I love the scene in his old house, where he goes into the room where he and John use to write together. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Two young lads writing songs together in the sitting room, asking Dad what he thinks.
It just so happens that the songs these guys wrote changed the world.
And it was the songs that did it. Not their management strategy, or even their haircuts. The songs convinced a whole new generation of musicians on the other side of the world, the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Joe Walsh, Joni Mitchell, that you could both write your own songs and sing them.
And we’re still playing and singing them 50 years later.