Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney

Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney

by Howard Sounes


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Howard Sounes, the bestselling author of Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan and Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life, turns his considerable reporting and storytelling skills to one of the most famous, talented—and wealthiest—men alive: Paul McCartney.

Fab is the first exhaustive biography of the legendary musician; it tells Sir Paul's whole life story, from childhood to present day, from working-class Liverpool beginnings to the cultural phenomenon that was The Beatles to his many solo incarnations.

Fab is the definitive portrait of McCartney, a man of contradictions and a consummate musician far more ruthless, ambitious, and moody than his relaxed public image implies. Based on original research and more than two hundred new interviews, Fab also reveals for the first time the full story of his two marriages, romances, family feuds, phenomenal wealth, and complex relationships with his fellow ex-Beatles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306820472
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 11/22/2011
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 505,491
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Howard Sounes is the bestselling author of meticulously researched and revelatory books including Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan and Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Part 1 With The Beatles

1 A Liverpool Family 3

2 John 16

3 Hamburg 34

4 London 52

5 The Mania 71

6 America 90

7 Yesterday 108

8 First Finale 127

9 Linda 148

10 Hello, Goodbye 168

11 Paul Takes Charge 183

12 Weird Vibes 197

13 Wedding Bells 214

14 Creative Differences 236

Part 2 After The Beatles

15 He's Not A Beatle Any More! 255

16 The New Band 271

17 In The Heart Of The Country 286

18 The Good Life 305

19 Go To Jail 327

20 Into The Eighties 347

21 Trival Pursuits 363

22 The Next Best Thing 382

23 Music Is Music 400

24 A Three-Quarters Reunion 419

25 Passing Through The Dream Of Love 435

26 Run Devil Run 451

27 That Difficult Second Marriage 474

28 When Paul Was Sixty-Four 491

29 The Ever-Present Past 506

Acknowledgements 529

Source Notes 533

Bibliography 567

Index 571

Picture Credits 601

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Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Ishie95 More than 1 year ago
The lives of the Beatles as a band and as solo artists has been well documented over the years, yet die-hard fans (like myself) savor "all things Beatles" and this account will be one of them. First, let me say that Mr. Sounes book is greatly detailed. Due to his comprehensive research and countless interviews the reader learns a bit more about young McCartney's relationship with the McCartney clan and the influence that they have had on him throughout his life. As a young man or as a married man it seems that family is at his core. His marriage to Linda and their commitment to their children was/is a grounding and needed force and we learn about the dynamics of that relationship. The author writes honestly about Paul the man. Amidst great talent & fame, he has faced personal & professional ups & downs filled with egotistical moments or great self-doubt. He has faced the loss of his parents, his band, his wife and his two very good mates. This portrait of Paul is sprinkled with wonderful moments and memories and perhaps that is what makes this book so rich.
lanewillson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fab was a very enjoyable read. Howard Sounes does a great job of balancing McCartney¿s mistakes and his genius, but never deifies the man. Yet at the same time he seems to like McCartney more and more as the book progresses draws the reader into a shared and honest admiration.
GaylDasherSmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very comprehensive and even-handed bio. It's hard to find new ground here, but the author didn't disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read. Although the story has been written many times before there are additional details and insights that makes it interesting. Recommended for any Beatle fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Where most Beatleology texts wrap up in the early 70s here it's only the first half of the story. Comprehensively pulled together we find the details behind antecdotes only covered in some biographies and articles. Here we have the most up to date coverage of what becomes "for better or worse", and better again.
Innisfree More than 1 year ago
Interesting insights and interviews with members of Paul's family. But laden wtih factual inaccuracies and inconsistencies that proper editing should have detected. Also drags in places. Not a bad read but unexceptional.
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Beatles_fan10 More than 1 year ago
Fab: An intimate life of Paul McCartney, is a great book, it explains the life of Sir Paul McCartney, it tells you all the little details that you never thought you would know about the icon of rock & roll. It tells you the story of The Beatles, from the beginning when Paul met John, until the end when they released their last album "Let it Be". If you are a Paul McCartney fan, a Beatles fan or you just want to know more about the greatest band ever, I highly recommend you this book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I live in the books that I read - I ususally highlight with a yellow pen my favoriate parts.