Band on the Run: A History of Paul McCartney and Wings

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Taylor Trade Pub., 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 270 pages
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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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

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In the mid-1970s, Paul McCartney found some brief, post-Beatles success with Wings. Originally consisting of McCartney, wife Linda, and former Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine, the band pleased both ... Read full review


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Garry McGee was born and raised in Iowa and is a 1992 graduate of Iowa State University with a BA in Telecommunicative Arts. While there he took classes under such luminaries as Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley and Lee Hadley of the Hadley Irwin writing team. He worked in the Los Angeles film industry for several years and is currently producing a documentary on the last surviving hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. He lives in Mason City, Iowa.

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