(Introduction: There’s been a lot of discussion and opinion (like the essay we ran this week) on the whys of the surprise pairing of Paul McCartney and Kanye West. But there’s been few words we’ve seen making really any sense of why Paul is doing it. We asked Candy Leonard, author of the excellent book “Beatleness,” which has the best analysis we’ve seen on the Beatles and their fans, for her thoughts.)
Q: “Is Paul McCartney expanding his horizons and looking ahead to his legacy as a man of all seasons?”
Candy Leonard: “I think there’s no question that Paul thinks about his legacy. He’s always cared what people thought about him; his self-consciousness is part of his charm. But I don’t think he does a legacy calculation before deciding to collaborate with someone. He’s driven by artistic energy, and if something stimulates him creatively, he’s going to pursue it. He was the same way as a young man. He’s always been artistically and intellectually curious.
“He’s worked in many musical genres over the years, so the eclecticism is already part of his legacy. His fame and stature are unique, and at this point I think there’s little he could do to diminish his legacy. He’s a beloved figure across the globe, for people of all ages. Going ‘out there’ at his age keeps him mentally and physically healthy, and he brings joy to so many people. My guess is he will do it for as long as he can. Why shouldn’t he?”
Q: “Is Paul thinking more progressively than people are giving him credit for in doing this pairing?”
Candy Leonard: get the rest of the interview conducted by our great friend Candy Leonard by clicking HERE http://www.examiner.com/article/interview-what-does-paul-mccartney-hope-to-gain-from-working-with-kanye-west