Paul McCartney understands the Beatles’ overwhelming impact on music history, but he’s still blown away by the band’s presence in literal history books used in school classrooms. “To be told – as I was years ago now – that the Beatles were in my kid’s history books? That was like ‘What?! Unbelievable, man!'”
McCartney elaborated, adding that the idea of someone studying the Beatles is “ridiculous” since the band members themselves “never studied anything.” “We just loved our popular music,” he continued. “Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, etc. And it wasn’t a case of ‘studying’ it. I think for us, we’d have felt it would have ruined it to study it. We wanted to make our own minds up just by listening to it. So our study was listening.”
“But to think that you can go to a college and come out like Bob Dylan? Someone like Bob Dylan, you can’t make,” McCartney said. “(Rollingstone.com)
None of the following took music lessons or learned how to read music;
Keith Richards & so many more.