Paperback Writer


Paperback Writer

] The image was soon replaced with a normal picture of the band as it had caused great controversy in America. For the American release of the "Paperback Writer" single, the cover depicted The Beatles playing live, but with John Lennon and George Harrison's images reflected so that it appears that they are playing left-handed. (See the image at the top of the page).

Promotional films

Michael Lindsay-Hogg directed four promotional films for the shot on 19 and 20 May 1966. On the first day they recorded a colour performance at Abbey Road, for "The Ed Sullivan Show", which was shown on 5 June, and two black and white performance clips for British television. These were shown on Ready Steady Go! and Thank Your Lucky Stars on 3 June and 25 June respectively.

On 20 May another colour film was made at Chiswick House in west London. The Beatles mimed to the song, and were shown in and around the conservatory in the grounds of the house. The clip was first broadcast in black and white on BBC-TV's Top of the Pops on 2 June.cite web |url=http://www.beatlesbible.com/songs/paperback-writer/ |title=The Beatles Bible: Paperback Writer |accessdate=2008-10-11]

In popular culture

*The song's title was used by rock writer Mark Shipper as the title of a humorous, semi-biographical novel, "Paperback Writer: The Life and Times of the Beatles, the Spurious Chronicle of Their Rise to Stardom, Their Triumphs and Disasters, Plus the Amazing Story of Their Ultimate Reunion" (Ace Books, 1978), that retold the Beatles' story, distorting many events for comic effect.
*In the liner notes for The Monkees box set "Listen to the Band" it is revealed that the song "Last Train to Clarksville" was inspired by this song, when the composer heard the end of "Paperback Writer" on the radio and misheard the lyrics as "Last train to... something..."
*Radiohead's song "Paperbag Writer", the B-side on the "There There" single, is meant as a playful allusion to "Paperback Writer". Both songs are dominated by bass.
*British science fiction writer and humanitarian Douglas Adams was very fond of this song — to the point of having it played at his funeral. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/U42 "Douglas Adams, 1952-2001," Personal Space, BBC - h2g2 (May 16, 2001).] Retrieved August 22, 2008.]
*Glam rock band Sweet covered the song but it stayed unreleased until the 2004 edition of their debut album "Funny How Sweet Coco Can Be".
*Musician Eric Johnson covered the song on his Internet release "Souvenir".
*Les Fradkin has an instrumental version on his 2005 release "While My Guitar Only Plays."

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