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Very thorough history and details of the "Paul is Dead" myth starting from a phone call to a Detroit rock station by a caller named "Tom" to some other college students who went over all the later Beatles albums and songs digging for clues proving that Paul had died in a car crash in 1966 prompting a replacement named William Campbell. Reeve relates the 2 month span of time in late 1968 from the beginnings of the hoax through the time it gets more or less debunked with Paul granting a Life mag
This was an entertaining recount of the "Paul is Dead" rumor that spread like wildfire in the late 60's and still persists to a certain degree to this very day. The biggest fault this book has is, while it does contain lots of great info and recollections on the subject, the author does not even for one second entertain the idea that The Beatles intentionally perpetrated the rumor. He more or less just looks at it as an urban legend started by over imaginative acid taking pot smoking hippies tha...
The 2004 soft-cover is better than this 1994 hardcover, but it's still awesome.
Andru Reeve has delivered a winner with this one. Great topic, and a well-written account of a fascinating piece of Beatle history. Book:"Andru Reeve" "Turn Me On, Dead Man"
Andru J. Reeve was very dedicated in putting all of the important details into this book. I was very impressed with the information put and there was stuff in this book that Googling about this conspiracy theory won't tell you. Every aspect about the "Paul is dead" theory is mentioned and just thinking about it puts chills down my spine. I also liked that the book mentioned more than blandly stating the facts, it talks about some peoples lives associated with this "myth" that makes this an enjoy...
Turn Me On, Dead Man: The Beatles and the "Paul Is Dead" Hoax - Book Review .. A great book about the Paul is Dead "urban legend" that was extremely popular in the 60's (and still exists today to some extent) ..A very fast read that goes through the hoax step by step from the moment it started (a phone call to DJ Russ Gibb from a listener named Tom ) to how it developed and grew to a terrifying degree, to where it is today (including every clue imaginable about Rock and Roll's finest
An entertaining book about the legendary "Paul Is Dead" hoax from the late 1960s. The author gives us a detailed look at many of the "clues" and then goes on to disprove how the real Paul McCartney could never have been replaced by a double. But what he fails to explore is the truth behind why the Beatles decided to perpetrate this hoax on their fans at the height of their popularity. In fact, he too easily accepts their contradictory public denials as indisputable fact. The truth will come out
Turn Me On, Dead Man is a fascinating look into how urban legends and conspiracy theories get started.TMO,DM starts out with a review of a Beatles album in a college newspaper, takes a detour to Detroit radio station WKNR, winds its way around the world, and ends up with a great story, but with only the few truths of how and why people believe in outlandish things.
Fascinating story that includes urban legends, the power of the media and subliminal messages. Despite indisputable proof, Americans still believed that Paul was dead. How charming that it seems that trait still lives in Americans today.
The author gives a good overview of the "evidence" in the Paul is Dead hoax or phenomenon (depending on what side you're on). On the other hand he seems to have trouble developing an opinion on the subject. It's an uneven read.
An absolutely brilliant read that chronicles the timeline of the Paul is Dead hoax and how it blew up. It was fascinating to read. I found it so hard to believe that so many people believed it back then, however it's even more amazing that people still believe it now.
Fascinating chronicle of how the "Paul is Dead" rumor developed, spread, and dissipated. Fun to see a classified ad connected to the story listing an address only a few blocks from my house!