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The Memoirs of Billy Shears: The Nine After 9-09 Edition

Narrated by: Gregory Paul Martin
Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
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Summary

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • R. Menard
  • 26-01-19

Amazing...every time through!

This audiobook is very easy to listen to. The reading voice is very pleasant and realistic. This book is one I’ve listened to three times and going. It’s that fascinating. I highly recommend it as well as the hardcover, which includes even more than the audiobook. I have no affiliation. BillyShears.com to order hardcover accompaniment to this awesome audiobook. Hats off to Thomas Uharriet!!

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-11-19

Time to RE-THINK what you THOUGHT you KNEW

Fascinating...Disappointing...in this instance I would have preferred to take the Blue pill. I don't need to see every magicians' trick...sometimes ignorance is bliss. The truth is getting tiring. Tiring and re-tiring truth...

On the flip side, a warm nod to Billy Shears for stepping in and up. The Beatles are still my favorite group...i don't feel compelled to compare the Pauls or the bands pre and post '66. I don't even care that Tavistock, or whomever, handed them songs for them to put their names on and slap on an album. I love the music...and now, knowing more of the story, and there is still so much that we have still to learn.

The large majority (and who cares really) will not accept this and will, like children, hold on to what they wish were true; stubbornly ignoring and evading truth. That's good though...every Shepard needs his sheep.

So, in summary, the story, though masterfully written, will not see many eyes nor touch many hearts, due to the controversial and 'absurd' story but to those that do, who are on the outside, appreciate the opportunity to look in. Also, a nod to Mr. Martin's fine delivery, and his inclusion and willingness to narrate should be a glaring signal of the validity of the story...he's George Martin's son...if it were not a truthful story, nobody could possibly think that Mr. Martin would allow his name to be attached.

If you've read this til the End, apologies for vomiting all of those nonsense words, but you deserve part of the responsibility as well, don't you? You've already made the decision, you just don't know it quite yet. And that's okay. It's okay. Enjoy. And don't.

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