Paul McCartney Calls College Courses Teaching Popular Music 'Ridiculous'

Bad news for people hoping a college course can turn them into the next Bob Dylan -- it's not going to happen. At least, according to Paul McCartney.

In a recent Q&A with fans, a student studying for an MA in popular music in Liverpool asked Macca what he thought about college courses focusing on the Beatles as a means of learning pop music. The usually cheery Beatle wasn't too keen on it.

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"For me it's ridiculous, and yet very flattering," McCartney wrote in response. "Ridiculous because we never studied anything, we just loved our popular music: Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, etc. And it wasn't a case of 'studying' it. I think for us, we'd have felt it would have ruined it to study it."

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The former Beatle and Wings man made it clear that he's not against learning about popular music -- simply that he doesn't think you can learn to make great music from a college course.

"I don't think that by studying popular music you can become a great popular musician; it may be that you use it to teach other people about the history, that's all valuable. But to think that you can go to a college and come out like Bob Dylan? Someone like Bob Dylan, you can't make… You can't tell [people] how to become a Bob Dylan or a John Lennon, because you know, nobody knows how that happens."



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