Band on the Run: A History of Paul McCartney and Wings
By 1970, resented by many Beatles fans as the initiator of the Fab Four's demise, Paul McCartney set out with a hand-picked cadre of studio musicians to refocus and refine his artistic ambitions. The resultant album, Ram, achieved commercial success but also critical scorn - a pattern repeated throughout Paul's post-Beatles career. Soon thereafter, the band - including wife Linda on keyboards, ex-Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine, and American session drummer Denny Seiwell - formed the first official incarnation of Wings, a group that, by many measures, was more commercially successful that the Beatles themselves.
For ten dramatic and turbulent years, the band weathered an extensive touring schedule, pot busts, a harrowing recording stint in Nigeria, and a revolving door of band members. Band on the Run - the first book to focus exclusively on Paul's post-Beatles years - tells the stories behind the #1 hits: "Live and Let Die," "Listen to What the Man Said," " My Love," "Band on the Run," "Silly Love Songs," "With a Little Luck," and "Coming Up." Garry McGee examines the band's inner dynamics and conflicts; Paul's determination to pursue a new sound; the criticisms that Linda endured from fans and journalists; and the real reasons behind the never-ending lineup changes.
Appendices include an exclusive interview with former Wings guitarist Henry McCullough, a complete discography, a list of singles with Paul's commentary on each song, and much more. Featuring a treasure trove of rare Wings promotional material - album covers, posters, ads, and candid photos of the band on tour - Band on the Run serves as the Wings reference guide and as an indispensable chronicle of Paul McCartney's life and career after the Beatles.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Loud_Librarian - LibraryThing
As a fan of McCartney and Wings I enjoyed the book and some of the revealing passages. I did find the writing to be somewhat sloppy and repetitive. I found at least one error..a mention of 'Mitch ... Read full review
Review: Band on the Run: A History of Paul McCartney and WingsUser Review - Kirk Kiefer - Goodreads
As an avid Wings fan I was excited to finally see a book dedicated to Paul's post-Beatles group. However, it's a fairly broad overview, so folks looking for details on the recording of various albums ... Read full review
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