02 April 2009

Paul & Ringo at David Lynch Press Conference


Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Speak Live via Webcast
for Meditation Youth Initiative April 3, 12 Noon (EDT)

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will publicly endorse the David Lynch Foundation’s initiative to teach one million at-risk youth to meditate during a news conference at Radio City Music Hall on Friday, April 3, 12 noon (EDT). The will be joined by David Lynch, Russell Simmons, and a panel of leading doctors and educators.

The news conference will be webcast live on DavidLynchFoundation.org.

Funds for the meditation initiative will be raised during the “Change Begins Within” benefit concert on Saturday, April 4, 7:30 p.m. (EDT) at Radio City. Headliner Paul McCartney will be joined special guests by Ringo Starr, Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Moby, Paul Horn, Bettye LaVette, Mike Love, and Jim James.

Pre-concert Webcast Hosted by David Lynch Foundation Television

David Lynch Foundation Television will host an exclusive 45-minute pre-concert webcast of the “Change Begins Within” benefit concert, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) on DLF.TV.

The pre-concert webcast will include a series of live interviews with David Lynch, concert performers and surprise guests—as well as video reports of the successes of the David Lynch Foundation’s Transcendental Meditation-based school projects in the U.S. and around the world.

The webcast will not include concert performances due to complications over music publishing rights.

Paul McCartney on the David Lynch Foundation

What is it about the goal of David Lynch's foundation that inspired you to participate in this concert? Paul: I like the idea of bringing an ancient practice into the modern world. Who would have thought that by introducing meditation into the education system you could lower people’s aggression levels and get a more peaceful society.

You traveled to India to study with Maharishi in 1968. What was the single most important idea or experience or lesson you gained while you were there? Paul: Getting a mantra from Maharishi and then learning how to use it. The rest is up to your self. So actually, being given a mantra and being taught what to do with it was the most important aspect of the trip—the rest was great fun.

What are your recollections of Maharishi? How would you describe him? Paul: He was a very spiritual and intelligent man, but what made him so endearing to me was his infectious sense of humor.

Why do you think it is valuable for young people to meditate? What do you think they gain from the experience?
Paul: I think meditation offers a moment in your day to be at peace with yourself and therefore the universe, which once was thought of as a slightly silly hippie idea, but now it’s much more accepted and even fits with some of the most advanced scientific thinking.

Any particular message you would like to share with your fans?
Paul: Thanks for continuing to bother to listen to me! I wish you peace, love, and laughter.


Media contacts
Steve Yellin: 641-455-9999 / 641-470-1344 / syellin@mum.edu

David Lynch Foundation
The David Lynch Foundation has provided scholarships since 2005 for more than 60,000 students, parents, and teachers to learn to meditate throughout the United States, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. The Foundation also funds independent university research on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on stress, learning, and behavior. For more information visit www.DavidLynchFoundation.org
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