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How this drugstore ended up on Paul McCartney’s Run Devil Run album

Read the fascinating story of how Paul McCartney came to use this unusual cover image on his 1999 album Run Devil Run.

In a fantastic post on Atlanta’s Creative Loafing, Chad Radford talks to Chris Miller, the owner of the drugstore that ended up on Paul’s album. Miller had no idea this was going to happen until he saw the record came out and two other parties apparently sued McCartney but settled out of court!

Read the story on the Creative Loafing site.

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12 responses to How this drugstore ended up on Paul McCartney’s Run Devil Run album

  1. Rick R says:

    Delightful story! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ben Williams says:

    When I saw that cover, I thought it was gonna be a vinyl reissue announcement!

  3. Paul Murphy says:

    It is a delightful story, but you do think Paul could have spared a few minutes somewhere in the last 18 years to telephone the guy’s wife and say ‘Hello’.

  4. Gisabun says:

    OK. I can’t figure out in the paragraph who sued who?
    I’m hoping the guy’s copies of Run devil run were signed.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I appears to be the photographer (not sure why?) and the manufacturer of this ‘Run Devil Run’ product, a picture of which was used in the booklet without permission.

  5. Jef says:

    I was on a walking tour of downtown Atlanta a few months ago and our guide pointed out the drug store and told the story. They were filming a scene for the new Spider-Man movie down the street that Saturday. I’m always surprised at how much history is in a few blocks of where I live. You can also by voodoo candles nearby.

  6. james johnson says:

    Paul
    You are correct. It is significant to note that the Give My Regards to Broad Street also came from this same sojourn. Paul & his kids love HOT Lanta. For a more detailed account copy & paste the link below
    http://likethedew.com/2014/12/15/paul-mccartney-druggist-devil-funky-side-town/#.WLoJlfkrKUk

    J

  7. Mr. Stick says:

    It’s safe to presume that that the photog sued under the claim that he owned the photo, and it was not cleared for commercial use – as in “you are selling my art”. That’s what they do, believe me, I’ve been there. And he figured he would get a nuisance suit sum, and he did. But what I want to know is, can you buy the Run Devil Run album at the store? That would be a great little SDE, right? The CD and the anti-depression whatchamacallit in a little mojo box. Anyway, great passalong, Paul, thanks.

  8. Metal Mickey says:

    Photographers often sell/lease their work out on a “how integral to the design is it” and “how many people are likely to see it” basis – the price you’d pay for (say) a small photo an internal corporate newsletter will be far lass than (say) the whole album cover for an ex-Beatle! I’m surprised in this case that Macca’s legal people didn’t have an airtight “work-for-hire” / “full & final payment” contract with the photographer, but $10k is still cheap for an album cover!

    Nice story though, thanks for the link, Paul.

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