Paul McCartney biographer Barry Miles used the example of the former Beatle recently thinking approximately $2.50 would buy a bottle of whiskey to demonstrate that it was impossible for him to be the “normal person” he’d love to be.
Miles, who wrote the 1997 book Many Years From Now, said McCartney had always been keen to remain as ordinary as he could, but the trappings of fame and fortune meant it couldn’t happen.
“He desperately wanted to be a normal person,” Miles told the Express in a new interview. “Wherever possible, he would take a bus somewhere … and was very anxious to stay in touch with what he regarded as ordinary people. ... I remember just a few years ago when I was at his studio, he asked one of the roadies to go out and buy him a bottle of whiskey, because he had people coming over, and he gave him £2. And the roadie said, ‘Well, it’s gone up since then, Paul.’”