ALL SIX EPISODES
As the title implies, the series focuses on the legacy of music legend Paul McCartney and his decades-long career. 2021 Six Episode Series Producer Rick Rubin interviews Paul McCartney on his work with the Beatles, Wings, and as a solo artist, including stories about his personal relationships that inspired his songwriting.
In almost any other context, starting off a Beatles-related documentary with clips from their legendary 1964 Ed Sullivan Show performance would be a red flag. It’s such an instant, ubiquitous shorthand for the band that setting the stage that way feels like a cheat. Yet, deploying it is one of the first examples that the latest documentary series “McCartney 3, 2, 1” is having fun with convention and using it for its own purpose.
The show itself is deceptively simple: Two musical legends, Paul McCartney and producer Rick Rubin, have a six-episode conversation about music and creativity. Staged in an empty soundstage, this pair is otherwise surrounded by a skeleton camera crew and the instruments that best show each man’s wizardry. For McCartney, it’s the guitar and the piano, the two simplest ways to convey a handful of the melodies that made him and three other guys from Liverpool the most famous band in history.
Disc 1 of 2
Episode 101: “These things bring you together”: Paul McCartney share stories from the early days, shedding new light on his relationships with John Lennon and George Harrison. Welcoming an outside musician into the studio impact one of the Beatles most famous songs
Episode 102: “The notes that like each other”: Paul McCartney talked about his unique approach to musical composition, influences from Bach to Fela Kuti and some of the innovations that made his music all together.
Episode 103: “The people we loved were loving us!”: Paul McCartney pays tribute to some of the artist influence to Beatles. He discusses the band trip to India and the expansion of the Beatles music and consciousness.
DISC 1 TOTAL RUNNING TIME; 1 Hour 28 Minutes
Disc 2 of 2
Episode 104:” like professors in a laboratory”: Paul McCartney and Rick Rubin discuss musical experimentation and the Beatles drive to break boundaries. The episode featured segments on Ringo Starr and “fifth beetle” producer George Martin.
Episode 105: “couldn’t you play it Straighter?”: Paul McCartney talks about finding his place in the band and the evolution of the Beatles sound and identity. This episode also focuses on a few of McCartney’s iconic contributions to the band.
Episode 106: “the long and winding road”: Paul McCartney and Rick Roman discuss McCartney song writing evolution, is create a partnership with John Lennon, and his development as a solo artist.
DISC 2 TOTAL RUNNING TIME; 1 Hour 26 Minutes
TOTALING RUNNING TIME (ALL SIX Episodes): 2 Hours 54 Minutes 33 Seconds