Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now

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Macmillan, Oct 15, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 654 pages
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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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Contents

Being Born in Liverpool Brings with It Certain Responsibilities
1
St Pauli and the Cavern
56
Up the Smoke
97
Beatles for Sale
144
Lennon McCartney
184
AvantGardeLondon
211
Making the Albums
268
Sergeant Pepper
293
Apple
431
The White Album
481
Let It Be
526
John
568
Afterword
597
Epilogue
618
Bibliography
621
Index
635

The Walrus Was Paul
349
The Maharishi
396

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About the author (1998)

Barry Miles (known as Miles) has known Paul McCartney since the 1960s. He is the author of biographies of Allen Ginsburg and William Burroughs, as well as the upcoming Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats. He lives in France.

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