Macca gives up his spliffs

Sir Paul McCartney has made the ultimate sacrifice for his young daughter Beatrice – he has given up smoking marijuana.

The former Beatle turns 70 this year, so it’s not exactly a renunciation of a youthful fad. Although, given his otherwise healthy lifestyle and his famous vegetarian diet, it’s possible that Sir Paul could have looked forward to another 20 years or more of enjoying an occasional spliff while listening to his increasingly quaint music. Instead he has cleaned up his act for little Beatrice.

"I smoked my share," McCartney said in an interview with Rolling Stone. "When you're bringing up a youngster, your sense of responsibility does kick in, if you're lucky, at some point. Enough's enough – you just don't seem to think it's necessary."

In the Beatles’ heyday in the 60s, John Lennon had the reputation of being the druggy one in the band, mainly because of his nonsensical and surreal lyrics, while McCartney was regarded as the clean-cut Beatle-next door.

That image changed somewhat in 1980 when McCartney was found to have half a pound of marijuana stashed in his luggage while touring Japan with his band Wings. After McCartney had spent 10 days under arrest, the Japanese chose to deport him rather than be remembered as the country that imprisoned a Beatle.

McCartney’s latest album, Kisses On the Bottom, comprising songs from McCartney’s 1940s childhood, sounds as if it was recorded under the influence of nothing more potent than a warm cup of Ovaltine and a nice cheese sandwich.

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