Between 1963 and 1970, Paul McCartney sold 160 million albums throughout the world; co-authored with John Lennon twenty-five US and UK number one singles; recorded the first rock album with Rubber Soul and established the concept of rock-as-art with Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. As a member of the most important rock band ever, Paul McCartney compelled millions of kids to pick up electric guitars and others to burn vinyl. He helped usher in the Swinging Sixties, the Love Generation, rock n' roll's studio era, and left the world dumbfounded when the Fab Four called it quits in the early 70s. However, to this day McCartney remains one of the world's most beloved and respected musicians.
McCartney is a tale of self-destruction and epic excess as well as creative genius and brilliant music. The Beatles' bloody in-fighting, the sex, the drugs, and McCartney's extraordinary marriages are revealed here in full. Yet, while the revelations will genuinely astound, this book remains a celebratory feast for millions of fans, capturing the glorious rush of the best songs and revealing the untold stories behind them. McCartney is the definitive biography, charting not only the pop legend, but the man and his era.
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When I was many years younger, I used to walk around the family flat singing my favorite WINGS songs. Then one day, my older brother told me that the band leader used to play in another group. Really? And what group is that? The Beatles? Like the insects? Needless to say, maybe I was amazed to discover the other world of Paul McCartney. Thankfully, I am not of the fanbase which pits the Lennonizers against the McCartneyites, so I just wanted to read a biography of the man who wrote so many favorite songs of the late 20th-century. It's a decent book, perfect for someone like me, who came in with just some basic background on Paul and the Beatles. The book taught me that Paul is one heck of a disciplined performer, and I finished the book believing that he would have been a success in music with or without the Beatles. Even Sinatra said so, and Frank was god. I've always been a sucker for a good melody and Paul's "babies" (as he put it) have consistently packed a strong sing-along hook. The author keeps the pace going fairly well. So well, in fact, that I finished the book much quicker than anticipated, because I couldn't wait to get to the next fact about Sir Paul. The guy did more drugs than I expected and his marriage to Linda Eastman seemed real. So, I'd say this book was a good bio and a good read. It certainly wasn't a long and winding road. Book Season = Summer (perfect bio for the beach)
McCartneyUser Review - Book Verdict
A contributor to the Daily Mail (U.K.) and the New York Times, as well as the author of biographies of Mick Jagger and Sting, Sandford brings impressive skills to this portrait of Sir Paul McCartney. Admittedly, there are more than a couple of books on the former Beatle (who may be the most commercially successful songwriter of the rock era). Sandford's attempt, however, stands out for examining the last days of Linda McCartney's life and Paul's post-Linda life, concerts, and recordings. Sandford seems to favor the notion of Paul as a progressive musical, social, and political figure-a response, perhaps, to the mountain of biographical literature that has painted John Lennon as the most progressive of the former Beatles. Here, he is a more complex man than is sometimes presented, a cross between an egocentric, workaholic stoner who writes cute tunes and the most accomplished musician and nicest guy of the last 40 years. Drawing on sources ranging from court documents to interviews with Paul's family members and colleagues, Sandford's book is well researched and clearly written and would make an excellent addition to any collection that contains pop culture biographies. Highly recommended.-James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH