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In 1969, a rumor erupted that Paul McCartney, “the cute Beatle”, had been replaced. Generations later, we see that the Beatles spent hundreds of hours making “Paul is Dead” clues but were required to deny it. What if “Billy Shears” really had replaced Paul and still plays that role today? How would he explain taking over the band? 

The memoirs, from Billy Shears’ perspective, reveals his conflict with John but also his delight in working with “Fifth Beatle” George Martin. With a shared commitment to quality, innovation, and a global agenda, their work transformed the planet, leading us through a psychedelic revolution that changed how we see ourselves. 

In July 2018 (28 months after George Martin passed away), his eldest son, Gregory Paul Martin, received an advance copy of the Nine After 9-09 Edition of the Memoirs of Billy Shears. He had known the Beatles’ original Paul since 1962 and still has dealings with “Sir Paul” today. Gregory generously found time in his overbooked schedule for this performance. 

To record this significant book, he thought it fitting to use the original recording equipment that his father, George Martin, had used with the Beatles. Sitting at that same historic equipment to record the memoirs, Gregory sometimes felt that he, too, had become Paul. It felt uncanny. 

Special thanks to sound engineers: William Shinker (British Grove Studios), Andy Cook (Red Planet Records), and Clint Ramon Harrigan (Ranch Trailing Post-Production). 

The Memoirs of Billy Shears: Nine After 9-09 Edition is also available in hardcover, paperback, and as an e-book. Printed versions have footnotes, word-stacking, and the world’s longest acrostic. In the US, get the hardcover from www.BillyShears.com. Elsewhere, find the paperback via Amazon. Whatever you believe about Paul, let this performance take you on the Beatles fantasy of a lifetime. It is your ultimate magical mystery. With this view of the Beatles’ inner-workings, you, and their songs, may never be the same.

©2009 Thomas E. Uharriet (P)2018 Thomas E. Uharriet

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Brilliant .

I’ve looked into the Paul is dead theory for a long long time and this is a must for everyone who is interested.

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This is the book that finally woke me up!

What an amazing listen. I read the book first, but I love the fact that I can listen to chapters again and find new clues that I missed first time around. I have corroborated most of the info where possible, but I found the best way was to just listen to the mentioned songs and compared pre 66 Paul to post 66 Faul and it was obvious. We have all been brainwashed into forgetting the wonderful, beautiful, natural scouse Paul. Don't get me wrong Faul is massively more musically talented than Paul and Wings wrote one of the most important albums, full of clues is Ram! Give it a listen, now knowing what you know and the lyrics will jump out at you! Welcome to the Awakening and go watch Fall of the Cabal and Out of the Shadows for more TRUTH. 🙏❤️

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What if...?

Imagine a parallel universe…

In this parallel, Paul McCartney dies in a car crash in late 1966 (11th September if you're American, 9th November if you're not). He is replaced by a near lookalike by the name of William Shepherd/Campbell (aka “Billy Shears”) who becomes an exact double after plastic surgery.

Now imagine you're this double. It’s well into the 21st Century and you've lived as McCartney more than twice as long as the ‘original' Paul. It’s time to set the record straight: to tell the world about The Beatles from 1967, the split, the rumours, Linda, Wings, John’s death, Linda’s death, and much more. You can't do this openly so you do it by means of the world’s longest poem, this memoir.

By the same confidentiality clause you can't even tell it straight, so you must put some fiction into the account so that the lawyers aren’t involved. What in this account is fiction and what is “fact” is never made clear, but some of the fictions are obvious:
1. You say you also played the part of Viv Stanshall of the Bonzo Dog Band. As Stanshall’s life is independently verifiable, this is clearly fiction.
2. You say you were a far better musician (songwriter; singer) than Paul who mostly wrote ‘silly love songs’. This of course ignores the fact that the ‘original' Paul wrote I Saw Her Standing There, Can't Buy Me Love, Yesterday, Eleanor Rigby, For No-one, Here There & Everywhere, so chalk this up as fiction.
3. You say Paul was deeply loved by the other 3 Beatles and his death left a huge hole that was not filled by the arrogant, ambitious, coercive, workaholic you. Again, there is no evidence of this, but there is evidence in our universe that even by Rubber Soul and Revolver, Paul - much more than the other three - was becoming quite deeply involved in the recording process, which in turn led to his becoming the de facto leader of the band after Epstein’s death.
4. You claim several leading artists of the day were also “in the know”, and made references to it in some of their work. ‘Mellow Yellow’ (Donovan), ‘Ruby Tuesday’, ‘We Love You’, and other songs by The Stones, ‘’I Can See For Miles’, Won't Get Fooled Again' (The Who). There is no independent evidence for any of this, so again… fiction!

You serve up some content with a knowing smile, for example the chapters on numerology, and the mentions of the Illuminati so beloved of conspiracy theorists. I get the impression we are quite possibly meant to take these as fictional?

Your thesis that Paul died and that you - similar in some ways but very different in others - replaced him in autumn 1966, is made much more believable by the fact that The Beatles stopped touring in late summer 1966; that they became in effect a very different band from then on - studio-based, not touring, and as individuals all looking completely transformed and thus different from the moptops who went on tour. In our universe (but not the parallel, in which 'anything goes') how much more convincing it is to promote a 'Paul Is Dead' myth that dates from exactly then and not before or after?

Talking of conspiracy theories, many of the ‘Paul Is Dead’ clues have now been discredited, so you acknowledge a lot of these ‘from a distance’. To give one example, the OPD patch Paul wears on the sleeve of Sgt Pepper’s (‘Officially Pronounced Dead’) is now known to be OPP (Ontario Provincial Police), so you say that you leant forward so that it LOOKED like OPD.

Anyway. Throw in a lot of additional typically Paul psychology and philosophy of life, gleaned no doubt from many sources, and here you are: the Memoirs of Billy Shears.

Is there any truth in it? Of course. Paul is on record since 1966 for much more than before that year, so a lot of it is uncontroversial. As for the rest of it - that’s for you, dear reader, to decide.

(Audio footnote: there are many ‘drop outs’, the majority only very brief, but it can make the listening experience confusing at times.
George Martin’s son Gregory, who does the reading, does give a passable imitation of McCartney; not unnervingly close but acceptable.)

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  • Wide awake
  • 23-03-19

Skips a lot

I bought the hardback copy and got the audiobook as a bonus but t he audio book skips very badly around chapter 50 ish, I could not listen to it, had to turn it off, even the online version skips so bad I could not listen to it. Fortunately I have the hardback, the book is excellent, only someone who was there during all these events could provide the details contained in the book. Paul is dead and has been since 66'.

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  • Nancy & Greg
  • 07-07-19

So, is Paul Dead?

Well narrated by the son of the late George Martin (the narration perhaps being the best aspect of the book), this fascinating volume brings to life the well-worn mythology surrounding the supposed death of Paul McCartney in 1966, and his replacement by William Campbell. Did it really happen? This book is quite convincing, if you want to be convinced. It is overlong and repetitive at times. His "replacement" has a big ego and is somewhat of an opportunist. However, he did give up his own life to save the band, but reaped great rewards as well.

We are told often that the book is, for legal reasons, just a "novel." Understandable, considering the massive conspiracy that was foisted on an unwitting public if it were true. One very positive thing the book did for me was to rekindle an interest is listening to Beatles music. I frequently paused the book to turn on a song that was just mentioned.

For me, a lifelong fan of the Beatles, it was interesting to read so many death clues in one place. The author does a good job explaining them and why there were so many. He also frequently reminds us that, unlike the Beatles of later years, the early Beatles were close friends who missed their late friend very much, a friendship that apparently cooled whether or not Paul did die.

In the end, does it really matter? Whether Paul is still alive, or someone who took his place 50 years ago is playing the part of Paul, at this point is it anything more than an historical curiosity? This book was entertaining and informative, but did nothing to change the fact that I'm still going to be the lifelong Beatles fan that I am. It was, however, one of those books that all true Beatles fans need to listen to at least once.

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  • Madeline
  • 28-05-19

FANTASTIC, BRILLIANT, AN EYE OPENER

Whether or not you believe that Paul had died, this book may change your mind.

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  • Bradley R Martinson
  • 16-04-19

What a fantastic ride!

If you are a Beatles fan, you will be on the edge of your seat.

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  • Maryjo M
  • 08-06-20

Amazing!!!

I will never see the Beatles or Paul McCartney the same! This book blew my mind!

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  • jared jennings
  • 05-04-20

It’s not skipping

I’ve read reviews from people complaining about skipping, the recording is not skipping its back tracked with hidden backwards messages just like the Beatles albums

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  • Consumer 14
  • 14-12-19

One big question mark

This is my 3rd revision of this review, the book has impacted me that significantly. If it’s true, it’s one of the saddest things I’ve ever read. Shock, anger and trauma (at the premise, revelations, and tone of the authors and narrator) have now turned to a sunken, hollow and stunned sense of compassion and sorrow. I am sad for Billy’s experience. I mourn the loss of something many of us have held sacred. As a career musician whose fire was lit by The Beatles. I now question every note I’ve ever played. I’m stunned. Peace and healing to you, Billy. Thanks for the great music and I hope I’ll be able to feel it once again as a life-giving affirmation of all that is good in humanity. Mostly, I hope that the intention of creating the music was as I perceived it many years ago.

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  • DURF
  • 29-10-19

No!

I was around with my college friends, making the phone call and hoping to get picked up by the ghost-like limo, never to be seen again. It was a fun time trying to decipher the clues about Paul's death, but I should have spent more time studying. This book takes away the magic that was and still is The Beatles. I couldn't finish it. Keep the music alive and put Billy Shears to rest. The book isn't worth the time..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-04-19

skipping

I am enthralled by the book but it is skipping horribly at chapter 54. almost unlistenable and very frustrating.

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  • Trina Barkle
  • 08-02-19

Well researched and entertaining

It’s obvious that Thomas Uharriet did a lot of research, has a brilliant mind and knows how to tell a story. This audiobook was filled with an extreme amount of facts with beautifully written fictional stories. George Paul Martin performed the book as if it were a great work of art, not just a story to tell. Some of the details were beyond anything that I would have considered. You don’t get all the amazing acrostics, Word stacking or footnotes that you would find in the printed version, but definitely worth the time to listen.

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