Better Call Paul: The Mystery of the “Winged Beatle”

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“…the accepted myth involves the premature death of a youth who is transformed by death into a god. This is a prevalent theme from Osiris and Achilles to Jesus Christ.”
–R. Gary Patterson, “The Walrus Was Paul”

“I’m not the phony—THEY are!”
–Saul Cartwright, “Batman” #222

We’re going to discuss now one of the key pop-culture conspiracy theories of the 20th Century…the supposed death and replacement of Beatle Paul McCartney. It is the Rosetta Stone for so many other celebrity doppelgänger folktales (up to “Dave Chappelle’s Clone” in the present day).

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The Philip K. Dick and David Bowie Connection

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“They’re the start of a coming race.
Homo Sapiens have outgrown their use
All the strangers came today
And it looks as though they’re here to stay.”
—David Bowie, “Oh! You Pretty Things”

Pop-music had always been an important theme for Philip K. Dick and his novels, especially later in his life. Linda Ronstadt (with whom he was a bit obsessed and wrote fan letters to) was a favorite of his, her “look” making its way into novels like The Divine Invasion as the musician “Linda Fox.” And the untimely death of John Lennon sets the stage for the somber Transmigration of Timothy Archer. Continue reading “The Philip K. Dick and David Bowie Connection”

Playing Those Mind Games: John Lennon And UFOs

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“On the 23rd Aug. 1974 at 9 o’clock I saw a UFO”
—from the liner notes to the John Lennon album “Walls and Bridges”

If all the weirdness involving his “rumored to be dead” bandmate Paul McCartney wasn’t enough, there’s also a less-known bizarre Beatles story regarding John Lennon…involving four alien “bug-men,” a mysterious golden egg, and even 1970s paranormal heartthrob Uri Geller!

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Some Words On The Avicii Suicide And The Latest Celebrity Conspiracy Theory

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How does the cause of death for Swedish musician Avicii go from “possible pancreas issues from heavy drinking” to “slashed his wrists (or neck) with a broken bottle”?

These seem like…very different conclusions to me. And the second possible cause of death should have been pretty obvious to those who found him. I’m just shocked that the actual pronounced cause of death is so different than what was speculated almost a gospel.

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The New Fatalism, Part 3

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You know, if a week ago you had told me that the Chris Cornell saga would have “ended” a couple of months later with the lead singer for another of my favorite bands committing suicide—a friend of Cornell, killing himself in the same manner as Cornell, and on Cornell’s birthday yet—I couldn’t even come up with that as fiction. I couldn’t even write a story like that, because it would seem too on-the-nose and not something that would actually happen in reality.

I wrote my first “New Fatalism” post before Chris Cornell died, and in it I discussed the weird energy I was picking up in the pop-culture zeitgeist regarding the topic of suicide.

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The 10 Most Paranoid Music Videos Of All Time

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There is the scary music video, the disturbing music video…and the specifically paranoid music video. In paranoid music videos you might see such tropes as The Guys In Suits Who Chase You For No Specific Reason, Is This A Dream Or Is This A Shady Government Experiment?, and the ever-popular My Evil Clone Has Just Confronted Me Oh Holy Jesus Fuck.

Join me, won’t you?

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