Paul McCartney is a cultural touchstone. As one half of the legendary Lennon-McCartney song-writing duo he helped transform popular music, moving from the simplistic pop of 'Love Me Do' to the avant-garde symphonies of 'A Day in the Life' to generation-binding anthems such as 'Hey Jude'. McCartney's own ambitions fuelled much of the group's ...Read MorePaul McCartney is a cultural touchstone. As one half of the legendary Lennon-McCartney song-writing duo he helped transform popular music, moving from the simplistic pop of 'Love Me Do' to the avant-garde symphonies of 'A Day in the Life' to generation-binding anthems such as 'Hey Jude'. McCartney's own ambitions fuelled much of the group's progress. But even as he steered himself from childhood tragedy to his meeting with John Lennon to the gestation of the Beatles and their rise to international acclaim, the same appetites that drove the group to its greatest creative and commercial heights also served to tear the band members apart. Neither McCartney's career nor the bonds between the Beatles ended with the Beatles' break-up. And in this definitive biography, Peter Ames Carlin examines McCartney's entire life, casting new light not just on the Beatles era, but also on his years with Wings and his thirty-year relationship with his first wife, Linda McCartney. Carlin presents McCartney as a musical visionary, capable of crafting pop gems such as 'Band on the Run' and 'Maybe I'm Amazed'. But he also reveals a layered and often conflicted figure, as haunted by his legacy - and particularly his relationship with John Lenin - as he was inspired by it. Built on years of research and fresh, revealing interviews with friends, bandmates and collaborations spanning McCartney's entire life, Carlin's lively biography captures the many faces of Paul McCartney and paints a vivid portrait of one of our era's living legends. Peter Ames Carlin is author of bestselling Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. He is a journalist and lives in the States.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2009-07-27 Despite the famous rumors of his death in 1969, Paul is alive and well in Carlin's hagiographic portrait of the creative genius behind the Beatles, the lead man of Wings and the brilliant though sometimes insecure solo artist still filling stadiums. Drawing on recent interviews with friends and McCartney's former band mates from Wings as well as on fresh research on the Liverpool lad, Carlin chronicles McCartney's life from his childhood love of music and his youthful entry into rock and roll with John Lennon in the Quarrymen to his meteoric rise to fame as one of the Beatles, his breakup with the band, his marriage to Linda Eastman and her death, and his recent marriage to and divorce from Heather Mills. Carlin rehearses the well-known story of the Beatles' breakup and Paul's disenchantment with Yoko Ono's role in leading the musical directions of the band. Feeling lost after the band dissolved, McCartney channeled his grief into his music, much as he did when his mother died when he was only 12, though critics both panned and praised his solo records. Since Barry Miles's definitive biography, Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now), goes only up to Linda's death in 1998, Carlin's study brings the musician's life to his most recent solo album, Electric Arguments (2008). McCartney emerges from Carlin's admiring biography as a brilliant musician who provided the creative direction for the Beatles, who taught John Lennon how to play the guitar and who continues to create new musical challenges for himself even now, when he's moving past 64. What's missing are interviews with McCartney himself. (Nov.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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