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  • Paul McCartney had an interview with B&N CEO James Daunt in November.
  • During the interview, McCartney said when The Beatles first began performing money was a big motivator.
  • However, McCartney also highlighted enjoying having money to aid people and charities.

Money, that’s what they want.

During a November discussion with B&N CEO James Daunt, legendary Beatle Paul McCartney revealed that when The Beatles first entered the music scene, the band was excited just to be making money.

It was only later that we discovered that what we were doing was art, and there were things like muses,” McCartney said, adding, “When we first got out of Liverpool, it was money … we were kids without jobs, suddenly there was a job, and so we wanted to get paid, and the more money, the better.”


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Though McCartney said the band enjoyed having money and made jokes — such as, “‘Well, let’s write a swimming pool! You need a new extension, let’s write it. Come on, sit down’” — McCartney believes that money and art don’t need to be mutually exclusive.

“I think most people in the world do it, so there’s got to be something okay about it. And love and marriage and friendship — most people in the world do that too,” McCartney told Daunt. “So I think the two can coexist. And yeah, I’m happy to enjoy both.”

The Beatles also highlighted the joy he and the band got from using their money to aid charities and people in need. 

“So I think it’s one of the great things about money – being able to change someone’s life with something like that,” McCartney said. “And to be able to donate to great causes so you can see things changing, you can see how you can help people. So there’s plenty of good stuff about money, you don’t have to just take it all. You can distribute it.”

The interview has regained traction following the Nov. 25 release of the Disney+ docuseries, “The Beatles: Get Back.”


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Published on Dec 06, 2021