The “Paul is Dead” hoax/conspiracy/legend/myth/mystery, certainly one one of the stranger tales in the annals of rock 'n' roll, only gets weirder as time goes by. Rumors that Beatle Paul McCartney died in 1966 in a car crash and replaced by a lookalike “William Campbell” began circulating amongst heads in the UK and US throughout the late sixties, culminating in October 1969 broadcasts from Detroit's WKNR and NYC's WABC detailing not only the myth but also the “clues” left in Beatles album art, lyrics and proto-heavy-metal “backmasking.” There's the famous “I buried Paul” lyric from “Strawberry Fields Forever,” the “funeral march” depicted on the cover of Abbey Road, “Revolution #9” played backwards repeating “Wake me up dead man,” not to mention basic confusion over who and what “The Walrus” represents.
Far fetched for sure, and fogged in no small part by Iamaphoney's heavy use of the very same hypnotic mind control and brainwashing techniques he seems to expose. But equally far fetched are the provided documents of the “surviving” Beatles' denials of the plot. Did Paul McCartney really go barefoot on the cover of Abbey Road because it was “too hot?” There can be no reliable narrator when all sides are drenched in LSD. In the end it doesn't matter. Grand conspiracy theories such as “Paul is Dead” play not upon fact, but possibility, weaving document and imagination together in the magical art of storytelling.