Sir Paul McCartney has dismissed studies of the Beatles' music as "ridiculous".

The musician was asked about courses which tackle his band's work as part of the curriculum during a question-and-answer session with fans, and MCCartney insisted he is baffled by such studies.

In the response, which was posted on his official website, MCCartney says, "For me it's ridiculous, and yet very flattering. Ridiculous because we never studied anything, we just loved our popular music... 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... 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!'..."

The music veteran, who founded the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (Lipa) in his English hometown, insists students cannot be taught how to become a star.

He adds, "I don't think that by studying popular music you can become a great popular musician; it may be that you use it to teach other people about the history, that's all valuable. But to think that you can go to a college and come out like Bob Dylan? Someone like Bob Dylan, you can't make... You can't tell them how to become a Bob Dylan or a John Lennon, because you know, nobody knows how that happens."