When the most successful pop group in the world, The Beatles, disbanded in 1970, its four members went off to spearhead radically different projects, and none was more successful than Paul McCartney. Free at last to take control of his own songwriting destiny, his new group, Wings, produced a steady stream of quality music, most notably the Band On The Run album and the million-selling single 'Mull of Kintyre'. Since those early days of freedom, Paul has established himself as one of the most creative artists of his generation and a British showbusiness treasure. With wide-ranging projects such as the soundtrack to the movie Give My Regards To Broad Street and the more recent and critically acclaimed Liverpool Oratorio, he has also proved that his talents have transcended the writing of what ex-bandmate John Lennon once called 'granny music'. Celebrating his four decades of unparalleled success in the business, Paul McCartney is a multi-faceted account of one of the world's most fascinating musicians.
Based on exclusive first-hand interviews, a chronicle of Paul McCartney's struggles in the first decade after the Beatles' breakup discusses his reclusive life, substance abuses, arrests, and efforts to launch his band Wings.
The definitive Paul McCartney biography, written with his approval by bestselling biographer Philip Norman. Since the age of twenty-one, Paul McCartney has lived one of the ultimate rock-n-roll lives played out on the most public of stages. Now, Paul's story is told by rock music's foremost biographer, with McCartney's consent and access to family members and close friends who have never spoken on the record before. PAUL McCARTNEY reveals the complex character behind the façade and sheds new light on his childhood--blighted by his mother's death but redeemed by the father who introduced him to music. This is the first definitive account of Paul's often troubled partnership with John Lennon, his personal trauma after the Beatles' breakup, and his subsequent struggle to get back to the top with Wings--which nearly got him murdered in Africa and brought him nine days in a Tokyo jail. Readers will learn about his marriage to Linda, including their much-criticized musical collaboration, and a moving account of her death. Packed with new information and critical insights, PAUL MCCARTNEY will be the definitive biography of a musical legend.
(Ukulele Play-Along). Now you can play your favorite songs on your uke along with great-sounding tracks! Just follow the written music, listen to the audio to hear how the ukulele part should sound, and then play-along using the separate backing tracks. The book includes melody and lyrics. Features 8 classics from John and Paul: And I Love Her * Day Tripper * Here, There and Everywhere * Hey Jude * Let It Be * Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) * Nowhere Man * Yesterday.
From the acclaimed biographer who brought you the rock biography of Bruce Springsteen comes the life of musician Paul McCartney—from his groundbreaking years with the Beatles to Wings to his work as a solo artist and activist. More than a rock star, more than a celebrity, Paul McCartney is a cultural touchstone who helped transform popular music as one half of the legendary Lennon-McCartney songwriting duo. 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. He takes us on a journey through a tumultuous couple of decades in which Paul struck out on his own as a solo artist, reached the top of the charts with a new band, and once again drew hundreds of thousands of screaming fans to his concerts. Carlin presents McCartney as a musical visionary but also as a layered and conflicted figure as haunted by his own legacy—and particularly his relationship with John Lennon—as he was inspired by it. Built on years of research and fresh, revealing interviews with friends, bandmates, and collaborators spanning McCartney’s entire life, Carlin’s lively biography captures the many faces of the living legend.
In this book, Paul McCartney - the most prolific member of the Beatles, founder of Wings and enduring solo artist - speaks in his own words of his private life, his life as a singer, musician, composer, and businessman, of how the greatest band in the world came to be, and how and why they broke up. Paul McCartney Now and Then is the inside story from the man himself. Includes commentary from Sir George Martin, Steve Miller, Pete Best, Brian Wilson, Peter Asher, and others. Complemented throughout by rare, many previously unseen photos shot over a career spanning more than four decades. Robin Bextor is a well-known documentary film maker and writer who has formed a close relationship with Paul McCartney over the years. Tony Barrow, who coined the phrase "Fab Four," was head of the Beatles' Press Office from 1962-1968.
"The Words and Music of Paul McCartney: The Solo Years" examines the large and varied oeuvre of this deeply personal artist, showing how McCartney's stint as a Beatle continues to inform his solo music, as well as how he has transcended his days as a member of the Fab Four. After a biographical introduction, chronologically arranged chapters explore McCartney's music in the immediate aftermath of the breakup of the Beatles, his work with Wings during the 1970s, his collaborations with other artists during the 1980s, and his compositions of the 1990s, including his first forays into classical music. The examination also covers McCartney's critically acclaimed work in the first decade of the 21st century, including "Memory Almost Full" and "Ecce Cor Meum," a composition written in the style of sacred English choral music. Throughout, the book supplies analytical insights and historical background to a repertoire that, surprisingly, has not previously been covered in detail.