Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now
During the past year Paul McCartney has been in the public's eye more than at any time since the peak of Beatlemania over thirty years ago. His fans have been treated to the best-selling Flaming Pie and Standing Stone albums, a full hour of Paul on "Oprah," and this thoughtful and comprehensive biography that brings us closer to the man than ever before. Based on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews over a period of five years, and with complete access to Paul's own archives, Barry Miles has succeeded in letting Paul tell the story of his life as a Beatle in his own words. It includes Paul's recollection of the genesis of every song that he wrote with John Lennon and the fascinating details about their remarkable collaboration.
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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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