- Gebundene Ausgabe: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited (27. August 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1846972396
- ISBN-13: 978-1846972393
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,7 x 2,9 x 23 cm
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Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 27. August 2013
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'[An] excellent and insightful biography ... he manages to get to the heart of McCartney's dilemma ... a fascinating read' - Scots Whay Hae 'Man On The Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s is lovingly researched and expertly written by someone who was not afraid to push the boundaries in order to get to the untouched juicy bits. This isn't just a factual list of already documented events, this is an accessible and reader friendly must-have book written from an honest and open perspective that makes McCartney's already extensively documented life seem fresh and new' - Josh Gill's Blog 'Doyle makes sense of a stoned shaggy dog story that has none of the narrative neatness of the Beatles' rise and fall' - Guardian 'Starting with the painful disintegration of the Beatles, Doyle examines the next decade in McCartney's unimaginably odd existence, from his post-hippy farm idyll with wife Linda to the turbulent highs and lows of Wings ... most compelling is the book's portrait of a man in a position that doesn't come with a guidebook, playing it by ear. ****' - Q Magazine 'The go-to guy if you want to coax confessions from a superstar, Doyle writes without agenda' - Mojo 'Doyle's writing is as beautiful as any McCartney tune' - Scotsman '[Doyle] manages to say something new about a public figure about whom countless thousands of books and articles have been written, and he says it well... McCartney emerges as more admirable than many readers might have imagined - and more human, too' - Kirkus> 'Tom Doyle's detailed chronicle, which includes rare interviews with McCartney and former Wings members, portrays a band that was far more contentious than eager-to-please hits like 1976's 'Let 'Em In' had us believe, fronted by a legend who wanted to be both boss and buddy. The book is larded with tales of Seventies rock-star excess, Paul and Linda's love of weed, docked paychecks, and grousing musicians' - Rolling Stone 'Well-researched but still breezy and engaging, the book offers a comprehensive tour of the shaggy, bleary-eyed decade when the hardest-working ex-Beatle reached the zenith of his creative and commercial success... Man on the Run makes an excellent contribution to the burgeoning literature devoted to McCartney's post-Beatles career' - The Boston Globe > 'In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking Paul McCartney walked away from the Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock 'n' roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period in the legendary rock star's life, Man on the Run, catches him in mid-flight' - Billboard
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Tom Doyle is an acclaimed music journalist, author and long-standing contributing editor to Q, whose work has also appeared in Mojo, the Guardian, Marie Claire, Elle, The Times and Sound on Sound. Over the years he has been responsible for key magazine-cover profiles of Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Kate Bush, Elton John, R.E.M. and U2, amongst many others. He is the author of 'The Glamour Chase: The Maverick Life of Billy MacKenzie' (Bloomsbury 1998, Polygon 2011) which has attained the status of a classic rock biography since its original publication. 'Doyle makes sense of a stoned shaggy dog story that has none of the narrative neatness of the Beatles' rise and fall' - GuardianAlle Produktbeschreibungen
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The book begins with the messy Beatles breakup, including the public feud with Lennon and Paul's decision to legally file to dissolve the Beatles. The legal ramifications led to financial problems, much soul searching over his decision and, if not a total breakdown, certainly depression and a loss of confidence in his abilities. It also led to the birth of Wings. It had been an idea Paul had touted within the Beatles - to go on the road and play small gigs again. Unable to get his former bandmates to agree (probably sensibly), Paul decided to form a new band and do it himself. Of course, one (if not THE) most contentious issue was Linda joining the band, but one thing that does stand out in this book is that, for all the troubles Paul faced during the decade of the 1970's, his problems were not marital ones. While John and Yoko seperated, and George and Ringo both got divorced, Paul and Linda were solidly a couple throughout their marriage - no rumour of any breakup or possibility of divorce, or even affairs, being mentioned. Linda seemed determined to keep temptation from Paul's door - banning other Wings members from bringing wives and girlfriends along; but Linda was in the band because Paul wanted her and he appreciated her commitment, when he knew she would rather be at home with the kids.
Although there was little that was actually new to me in this book, it is a good retelling and analysis of Paul's career in the 1970's. It take Wings from a fledgling group doing small university gigs, to the first European tour; through several lineups and onto success with the Wings Over America tour. It also highlights the drugs problems - busts, arrests and substance abuse within members of the band, which plagued them during this time. Every album is mentioned and appraised, including some huge hits, other misguided record choices and a few forgettable singles.
Of much interest to fans, of course, is Paul's relationship with John Lennon. The decade began with John's star in the ascendent - huge albums, such as "Plastic Ono Band" and "Imagine" and vicious verbal attacks on his former bandmate. Interestingly, though, is the way John essentially blew hot and cold throughout this decade - using intermediaries to send letters to Paul, both praising and damning him in interviews and, in later years, causing Paul to cut contact for a while after some admittedly 'frightening' phone calls. It was obvious that the press used one against the other and, also obvious, that John had some jealousy of Paul's success - both musically and financially. By the time the pair met up again in 1974, Lennon was living in La La Land with Ringo, Harry Nilsson and Keith Moon (not a great combination for a healthy lifestyle). Having split for a time with Yoko, John was living with May Pang. He was threatened with expulsion from the States, suffering lawsuits and financial problems, his marriage and his career in freefall. Although it looked at the beginning of the decade that Paul had been left behind by his bandmate's solo music, now he had "Band on the Run", "Live and Let Die", a new band and a successful tour behind him. He was successful in his own right and, frankly, shocked when he visited Lennon and Nilsson at the "Pussycats" sessions. For anyone who has heard the jam recorded that day, "A toot and a snore in '74", it is obvious that musically nothing worth listening to came out of John and Paul playing together again. However, as Lennon said later, the others playing were more interested in watching, "me and Paul." To his credit, despite the arguments, Paul had spoken to Yoko and helped reunite John and Yoko; a fact which Yoko has also spoken about in interviews.
Overall, then, this book looks at a little documented era of Paul's life. A time when he reinvented himself; forging a new musical career from the shadow of the Beatles. Although all the former Beatles tired of reunion rumours and questions about each other, they only really came to terms with their legacy,it seems, after the death of John Lennon and the realisation that their Beatles past could never be put behind them. Many people forget that McCartney had a huge solo career - that he had massive World tours without playing more than one or two Beatles songs and that his Wings career would be enough to be proud of, if that was all he had done. Filled with interviews, revealing insights and unbiased analysis of the man and his music, this is a great addition to any fan's bookshelf.
My interest in McCartney in particular began in earnest after seeing him play live a few times in the recent past, and buying very nearly all of his solo albums, a job in itself. Which piqued my curiosity - exactly how *does* a man get into the Guinness Book of Records for being among the most beloved recording artists of all time? So I began reading what I could get my hands on in actual interviews with the man, as opposed to descriptions of his career penned by others.
I always felt Sir Paul got a bad rap for his reaction to the Lennon murder and it's actually painful to read about this in detail - the world lost so much on that day in 1980. As much fun as the rest of the book was to read - drug busts, details about early Wings tours, Paul's relationship with Linda, etc - I confess that I'm left wanting more more more - how exactly did Michael Jackson gain possession of the Beatles' publishing rights? This is a narrative, not an autobiography, but failing that ever being published this is very nearly as good as it gets.
Of course, most of the book is and was intended to be told from the perspective of the Gilded One - it's interesting to hear his reasoning behind the multiple lawsuits that ended the most beloved band of all time. Yoko didn't break up the Beatles, Alan Klein did, and I feel this part of the story often gets short shrift in the popular consciousness.
The writing is absolutely spot on as well - Doyle is a terrific writer fond of the sly turn of phrase, which is incredibly difficult to do without taking the focus from the subject of the work. Later I'll probably search out some of his books on other topics.
Loved the book but I'm afraid this is just going to feed my addiction. ;) Your mileage may vary.
Yet I found many new nuggets of information, as well as really enjoyed the way Doyle composed a compelling narrative using old and new interviews, youtube clips, and good old fashioned research. I'm a huge fan of the masterpiece Ram, much of Red Rose, Venus and Mars, and I like many of the "throwaways" often derided that I find charming, such as cuts from Wild Life, the first McCartney album, "Seaside Woman," etc.
I got to relive much of this in this fun history, along with learning more about the difficulties in Paul's post-Beatle career, such as fights with Wings band members, pot arrests, and the like.
A must-read for any Macca fan!