’Paul Is Dead’…Or Is He?

About this episode


In 2009, Time magazine included ‘Paul Is Dead’ in its article about the top 10 most enduring conspiracy theories. What’s more, ‘Paul Is Dead’ is widely considered to be the most famous of all music conspiracy theories. 

In 1969 stories began to circulate that Paul McCartney was killed in a car accident in 1966 and subsequently replaced by a look-alike in order to protect and continue the Beatles phenomenon. The ‘Paul Is Dead’ rumor was fed by clues fans believed to be purposely placed in Beatles songs and album artwork.

Despite refutation from Paul and other Beatles members, the theory has endured for more than 50 years. In this listener choice episode, Candy and Ashley discuss the evidence used to support the ‘Paul Is Dead’ conspiracy theory and weigh in with their opinions.

Where do YOU stand? Paul is dead… or is he?

Show Notes for Episode 28!

Beatles’ Abbey Road Cover

‘Life’ issue in which Paul rebutted rumor

First Article Mentioning the Theory


“Get Back” documentary on Disney+

“Is Beatle Paul McCartney Dead?” Drake Times-Delphic, vol. 88, no. 02, by Tim Harper, September 17, 1969 

‘Paul is Dead’: the Bizarre Story of Music Most Notorious Conspiracy Theory, Rolling Stone, by Rob Sheffield         

“The 70 Greatest Conspiracy Theories in Pop-Culture History,” Vulture, by Adam K. Raymond, October 23, 2016

“‘Paul is Dead’: A Beatles Secret Message in an Album Cover?” BBC, by Christian Blauvelt, August 6, 2018

Wikipedia: Paul is Live

“Sgt. Pepper’s Iconic Photos Reveal OPP Badge on Paul McCartney’s Uniform,” Toronto Star, by Trish Crawford, January 18, 2016

Wikipedia: Paul is Dead
“Inside John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s ‘Irreplaceable’ Bond–and Epic Fall Out,” Biography, by Rachel Chang, October 14, 2020

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