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In a new interview with GQ the legendary Paul McCartney reveals all sorts of things — the backstory of his collaboration with Kanye West, that time he met Vladimir Putin and the guitar riff that made him cry. But one of the most exciting parts of the interview is when McCartney dishes on various Beatles sex stories that have been circulating over the past 50 years. He debunks some of them, but we’re most surprised by the ones he says are true!
The full-length interview by Chris Heath is worth reading for any Beatlemaniac. No matter how much you know about the band, you’re sure to learn something. And, at this point in his life, McCartney doesn’t seem to have any reason to hold back. He’s 76 years old, and though he’s got a new album out — Egypt Station, which came out Friday — he already knows the album will sell. He’s Paul friggin’ McCartney, after all.
The biggest Beatles sex story McCartney shares is the time he and John Lennon (pre-Beatles) and three of Lennon’s friends all participated in a circle jerk. McCartney says, “What it was, was over at John’s house, and it was just a group of us. And instead of just getting roaring drunk and partying — I don’t even know if we were staying over or anything — we were all just in these chairs, and the lights were out, and somebody started masturbating, so we all did.”
He explains that during their circle jerk session, someone would shout out a name for inspiration: “We were just, ‘Brigitte Bardot!’ ‘Whoo!’ and then everyone would thrash a bit more.” But, McCartney says, Lennon couldn’t leave well enough alone, shouting out “Winston Churchill!” and bringing the session to a baffled, disgusted close.
Though McCartney confirmed the circle jerk story, he did have to bring down the boot on another famous Beatles sex story: the orgies. “There weren’t really orgies, to my knowledge. There were sexual encounters of the celestial kind, and there were groupies.”
The closest McCartney himself got was bedding two sex workers while in Vegas on tour — though he revealed that, at another time, John Lennon had sex with a man’s wife while the man watched.
And while not a Beatles sex story per se, McCartney revealed one other thing that will definitely go into the ‘fantasy canon’ of any Beatles fan: the Beatles sandwich. “When we were super close …examples being, like, going down the motorway and the van had no air-conditioning and it was bitter, in the middle of winter, and we lay on top of each other, literally. It was the only way we could stay warm. We suffered for a while, just shivering, and then someone said: Well, why don’t we …? So we did a Beatles sandwich.”
Sadly, McCartney doesn’t remember who was on top, though he did say, “It warmed us. It was a good idea.”