Now Paul McCartney signs a letter

Now Paul McCartney signs a letter


norman lebrecht

July 02, 2020

It’s a sorry sign of our times that Sir Paul can no longer pick up a phone to the prime minister, but has to sign a letter like everyone else appealing to the so-far-inactive Culture Secretary for aid to the desperate music industry.

The letter says: ‘Like every part of the entertainment industry, live music has been proud to play our part in the national effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus and keep people safe. But, with no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak.

‘This sector doesn’t want to ask for government help,’ it adds. ‘The venues, promoters, festival organisers, production companies, agents and many other employers want to be self-sufficient, as they were before lockdown. But, until these businesses can operate again, which is likely to be 2021 at the earliest, government support will be crucial to prevent mass insolvencies, and the end of this world-leading industry.’

There are 1,500 signatories including Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Coldplay, Annie Lennox, Depeche Mode, Iron Maiden and Lewis Capaldi.


The Culture Secretary tweeted in response: I understand the deep anxiety of those working in music & the desire to see fixed dates for reopening I am pushing hard for these dates & to give you a clear roadmap back These involve v difficult decisions about the future of social distancing, which we know has saved lives


  • Eleanor Rigby says:

    The Beatles were a phenomenon, a long, long time ago. Their individual (surviving) members are not.

    • V.Lind says:

      Wrong. My brother, a seasoned attender of your better class of rock concert, went to see Sir Paul on his last tour and said it was one of the most incredible evenings he could remember. The old man went on for over three hours, greatest hits, lesser hits, speaking warmly to the audience throughout without prattle or time-wasting, and delivered a first-class event. Sorry I never saw him live.

      As for being sniffy about who Sir Paul can or can’t get on the phone: 1) I would take BoJo for a Beatles fan who would take a call from Sir Paul in a heartbeat, and 2) I would be a lot more worried about who DOES have his private line: Dominic Cummings.

  • M McAlpine says:

    I would have thought that at this time the PM had more things on his mind than answering phone calls from McCartney.

    • P says:

      I can’t see any evidence that sir Paul tried to phone any one. Plus the PM can bearly bush his hair let alone run a country.

      • Paul Carlile says:

        A PM …”bearly bushing” his hair (or should that be “hare?”)…watt a grate image (or should that be pick chewer?)

    • V.Lind says:

      You would think so, wouldn’t you. Any evidence?

  • caranome says:

    Sir Paul should lead his pop music buddies n put his money where his mouth is in a fund drive that can easily yield $1 billion in a week, like they routinely do for starving African children. Only question is: do white n East Asian classical musicians (99%) generate the same virtue credit among their smart set as starving African children? You know the answer.

    • Alter Frager says:

      The editor should delete this post

    • Rickey John says:

      Sir Paul donates more to charity weekly than you’ve probably earned in a lifetime. Your snarky and racist virtue credit post is pure rubbish. Take your head out of your darkness and put it where the sun does shine…