How Beatles met on the buses of the 60s – Wise grandpa Paul McCartney tells stories

How Beatles met on the buses of the 60s – Wise grandpa Paul McCartney tells stories

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The Beatles legend, who was at the heart of that decade’s cultural revolution, said he was delighted to step in to help 22-year-old Arthur. And he revealed the surprising role buses played in the formation of the band. Macca, 79, made the revelations at a talk about his new book The Lyrics on Friday at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Speaking about his assignment with Arthur, the eldest son of Paul’s daughter Mary, he said: “He was doing an essay, his final thesis at university. He wanted to look into the cultural revolution in Britain, so we talked.

“Every story I told him… ‘I met George (Harrison) on the bus and ‘I saw John Lennon on the bus’ and he very cleverly, I thought, looked at why buses were so good after the Second World War.

“There had been the Transport Act that gave us this great transport system and you could go anywhere. I could go to John’s house and I didn’t realise we were the first generation to benefit from that.

“Also there was the Education Act that meant kids, like me, from not very well-off homes, could go to very posh schools. This gave everyone this opportunity to be more mobile, better educated.” Arthur graduated from Yale University this year with a major in history.

Sir Paul said: “There are so many aspects of what made The Beatles and that’s one of them because me, John and George went to grammar schools and had a good education.” He also said he misses using the buses: “I liked observing people. I dream of Liverpool.”

Paul McCartney was speaking at The Lyrics: Paul McCartney in Conversation, a world-exclusive live stream from the Royal Festival Hall.

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