“Drug possession was a grave offense in Japan, and Paul faced a prison sentence. The nine days that followed were among the most difficult of his life. At first, he slept with his back to the wall, fearing rape. Linda was trapped in their hotel with the four kids, fearing the worst. The rest of the band was told to leave the country; the tour was history. The instruments were shipped home. The headlines blared.

   Paul, being Paul, made the best of the situation. He meditated. At one point, during a group shower, he led the other inmates in a sing-along, crooning ‘Yellow Submarine’ to great effect.”

-James Kaplan on Paul McCartney’s arrest in Japan, 1980, for marijuana possession. [x]


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