Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

The Life

Book - 2016
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The definitive Paul McCartney biography, written with his approval by bestselling biographer Philip Norman.

Since the age of twenty-one, Paul McCartney has lived one of the ultimate rock-n-roll lives played out on the most public of stages. Now, Paul's story is told by rock music's foremost biographer, with McCartney's consent and access to family members and close friends who have never spoken on the record before. PAUL McCARTNEY reveals the complex character behind the façade and sheds new light on his childhood--blighted by his mother's death but redeemed by the father who introduced him to music.

This is the first definitive account of Paul's often troubled partnership with John Lennon, his personal trauma after the Beatles' breakup, and his subsequent struggle to get back to the top with Wings--which nearly got him murdered in Africa and brought him nine days in a Tokyo jail. Readers will learn about his marriage to Linda, including their much-criticized musical collaboration, and a moving account of her death. Packed with new information and critical insights, PAUL MCCARTNEY will be the definitive biography of a musical legend.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016
Edition: First North American edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316327961
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 M4599N 2016
Characteristics: 853 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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" ( The news about John's being shot and killed): '...It's a drag, isn't it? Ok, cheers,' The remark made headlines for its apparent flippancy, indifference even. " " When the Beatles made the Decca tape, Best had still been with them, so was due a share of royalties from ten tracks used on the ANTHOLOGY. The first he knew about it was a phone call from the one who'd been so keen to get rid of him---the first time they'd spoken since he'd been let go. ' Some wrongs need to be righted, ' Paul told him. ' There's some money here that's owing to you and you can take it or leave it.' Best took it." " To Beverly, Heather often seemed like a fugitive: she used an alias throughout her stay and was wary of strangers. One day, she got into a panic after drawing some money from a bank and forgetfully signing her real name." " To make matters worse, many of the drugs used in Linda's chemotherapy had been tested on animals in the ways she so abhorred. Paul would not hear of her refusing the treatment.In October, she and Paul had appeared as characters in THE SIMPSONS, opening thoughtful Lisa Simpson's eyes to the connection between frisky little lambs and lamb chops. The major benefit of going veggie, Linda had always stressed, was increasing resistance to cancer." P.S.: the news is the comment, as above the P.S., was prevented from attaining the RECENTLY REVIEWED column. Hmmmm....makes me wonder who and how I had offended them ( assuming a censorship process available).... You are encouraged to reread the comment with this P.S. in mind. What was offensive? Are they projecting a thought pattern that is not there....but, because they are psychologisms,i.e. naive in their knowlege, they are in reality seeing what they project onto me, from their futilely shallow intellect-systems. " Under the stimulus of his affair with Yoko and his new sense of liberation, John travels through a remarkable creative spectrum from the visceral YER BLUES and the taunting SEXY SADIE, a coded swipe at the Maharishi, through the delicate and subtle DEAR PRUDENCE, to JULIA, his lighter -than-air mourning fragment about his dead mother. Paul, at the same time, was distracted by Apple, emotionally adrift after parting from Jane yet still not quite ready to commit to Linda. The result, for the most part, are songs in smiley masks: HONEY PIE, a pastiche of '30s Hollywood musicals; ROCY RACOON, halfway between cod-Western and strip- cartoon; WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD?, suggested by the sight of copulating monkeys in India; MARTHA MY DEAR, named after his Old English sheepdog. Only in BLACKBIRD does his talent fully show its glossy wings and golden beak; Bach on an acoustic guitar, and what sounds like a memo to self, finally putting aside those doubts about commitment : ' All your life....You were only waiting for this moment to arise.' " To art direct the cover, Peter Blake was bought in, to develop the rough sketch............The collage of pop art icons ranged from Bob Dylan and Marlon Brando to Karl Marx, Mahatma Gandhi, Laurel and Hardy, Aleister Crowley and W.C. Fields......It terrified EMI's lawyers, who believed those among its members who were still alive would sue for unauthorised use of their likenesses.The company's chairman, Sir Joseph Lockwood, personally went round to Paul's house to urge that the collage be dropped." The book has many gorgeous photographs, some in colour, and these make it possible to imagine one in the Beatles' day and places.


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