Wednesday, December 17, 2008

When I Get Older, Losing My Hair

One more fun thing about that Beatles DVD: The three Beatles spend so much time sitting around talking in their relatively contemporary state that you can get a pretty good bead on their hair, or lack thereof. As I've noted before, as men get older, their hair either goes gray or it goes away; the only other choice is that it does both. Of course, Paul, George and Ringo all have heads of dark-colored hair, so the game is to figure out who's got a wig and who's got a bottle of hair dye.

George and Ringo occasionally wear their hair pulled back, so much so that you can see where it attaches to the scalp, and each occasionally runs his fingers through his hair, so we'll go with dye for them. McCartney, on the other hand, keeps his "hair" brushed forward over his forehead, and never touches the top of his head. Toupee!


Mark Lerner said...

My god, I've never considered that Paul might be bald.

But a cursory search for "Paul McCartney bald" led me to these two sites:


I never knew the "Paul is dead" rumor had such a long shelf life, and I had never heard of "Faul," the ersatz Paul.

I've got some work to do, but I'm trusting OPC and its hordes to read these sites thoroughly and give me the choicest bits.

T. Nawrocki said...

Faul is dead.

Marshall said...

I bury Faul.

Rob said...

this explains the cryptic lyric

"Woke up, fell out of bed
Dragged a comb across my head"

Gavin said...

From John Colapinto's profile of McCartney in the June 4, 2007 New Yorker:

"McCartney's hair, which he admits to dyeing, still falls in bangs over his forehead...."

It's possible Colapinto is a really bad judge of hair, but it is an up-close observation that seems to go against the "Paul is bald" thesis.