Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now
Based on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews undertaken over a period of five years by Barry Miles, and on complete access to McCartney's own archives, this is Paul McCartney in his own words. It is a history from the inside of one of the greatest song-writing partnerships of the century. It is the private life of a man made public property - a Beatle - by the age of twenty-one. It is the trajectory of the most popular pop group in history, from beginnings to break-up. At its centre, of course, is Paul McCartney's relationship with John Lennon - as friend, collaborator, as part of 'Lennon/McCartney" - two young guys from Liverpool who went on to change the world - and finally as bitter rivals in a struggle for the soul and the business control of the Beatles. McCartney recalls the genesis of every song he and Lennon wrote together and talks in fascinating detail about how they worked and who was responsible for which line, which melody.
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Barry Miles' biography of Paul McCartney (Many Years from Now) is distinctive from other Beatles's biographies for its detailed look at how all that iconic music came together. As one example ... Read full review
This book is interesting because it bears out information in previous books. If you have read Peter Brown's book, or Geoff Emerick's book or any number of others, it is abundantly clear that Miles' analysis of the group and member contribtutions is pretty accurate. From late 1966 or early 1967 onward, lennon was primarily a drug addled ignoramous whose contribtions are memorable thanks to McCartney, Martin, Emorick and the rest of the group. By 1968, lennon had moved onto heroin and contributed NOTHING to McCartney's music, while McCartney still did his best to help lennon (example: Come Together). This may bust the balloon of the various Lennon worhipers out there who blindly adore St. John. Most, I suspect, are without a clue when it comes to music.
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