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Publisher Description

The bestselling author of Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson now presents an in-depth biography of the legendary musician and icon Paul McCartney, exploring his impact on music and culture, his personal triumphs and defeats, and his post-Beatles relationships with John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The book explores McCartney through the perspective of his lyrics, spanning his career from his years with the Beatles to his solo albums today.

The composer of "Yesterday," "Hey Jude," "Eleanor Rigby," and "Let It Be," Paul McCartney is one of the most famous men in the world, yet one of the most elusive. An international superstar for more than forty years, he has not only sold hundreds of millions of records but has also altered the course of popular culture. He has been worshiped and ridiculed, his work revered and reviled. Governments have celebrated him, persecuted him, thrown him in prison, and knighted him.

More than a rock star, more than a celebrity, McCartney is a cultural touchstone. Yet no book has revealed the headwaters of his genius or, for that matter, explained why the Beatles' talented and adventurous musician seemed to abandon his position as an innovator, trading the daring of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" for an endless procession of what even he has called silly love songs. But McCartney never lost the spark of genius. His songs are rarely less than hummable and often unforgettable. And at any given moment, McCartney can reach into himself and pull out something phenomenal.

Drawing on years of research, Paul McCartney: A Life spans McCartney's roots in England's working class to his life in the present day, performing around the world and working for causes he believes in. Informed by new, exclusive interviews with friends, bandmates, and collaborators, the book describes McCartney's many triumphs as well as his failures, from the Beatles era through his decade with Wings and his subsequent solo career.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
John Lee
hr min
November 3
Tantor Audio

Customer Reviews

oscargeek ,

Great Biography on the greatest singer songwriter ever

If you are a big Beatles fan I think you will love this book. It goes through almost every big event from Paul's growing up, to meeting John, playing in Hamburg, Beatlemania, breaking up the Beatles, his life with Linda, Wings, his ongoing legal battles with the other Beatles and resentment, John's death, Linda's death, George's death, and his marriage/divorce to Heather. The book also goes through the different Beatles, Wings, and solo albums of Pauls and through all of his big hits. You get to see both the good side and ugly side of Paul. The audiobook was very engaging and I couldn't put my headphones down. Must buy if you are a fan.

plknj ,

This Book Is a Great Read - or Listen

Being a huge Beatle fan this book is titled; Paul McCartney but it is so much more. It covers the life and times of both John and Paul as well as the evolution of The Beatles. Half way through and I am going to be sorry when it ends.

Cookefan ,

Ripped off by iTunes!

I downloaded this excellent work omly to be sorely dissapointed as the second half of the book suddenly stopped playing about an hour and a half into the book. I was absolutely furious. I filed a complaint with itunes that has yet to be answered 4 months later! SHAME ON YOU ITUNES!!!

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