Paul McCartney: The Life

Paul McCartney: The Life

by Philip Norman


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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 favßade 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316327978
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 864
Sales rank: 255,074
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Philip Norman is the bestselling biographer of Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Elton John, and Mick Jagger, and the author of the classic Beatles biography Shout! He is also a novelist and playwright. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Prologue: All Our Yesterdays 1

Part 1 Stairway to Paradise

1 'Hey, mister, gimme a quid and I'll show you Paul McCartney's house' 17

2 'Apple sandwiches with sugar' 25

3 'I learned to put a shell around me' 41

4 Puttin' On the Style 49

5 'Chalkandcheese!' 64

6 'Paul seemed to make John come alive when they were together 81

7 'Just who do you want to be, Paul? Tommy Steele?' 95

8 'Everything's mad here, People never sleep' 111

9 'Sing "Searchin'", Paul!' 124

10 'Oo, Vi, give me legs a comb' 140

11 'Just think - Little Richard's got on my shirt! I can't believe it!' 152

Part 2 The Barnum & Bailey Beatle

12 'Did you know he sleeps with his eyes open?' 169

13 'Changing my life with a wave of her hand' 187

14 'Long life and happiness and lots of marzipan butties' 201

15 'This is what a Beatle does in the evenings' 216

16 'It's a big one, 'cos I like big houses' 231

17 'You might almost have said an alien had landed on the Mull' 249

18 Return of the Jim Mac Jazz Band 260

19 'An irresponsible idiot' 274

20 'Everything was off the top of Paul's head' 285

21 'A beautiful place where beautiful people can buy beautiful things' 299

22 'It was the coup de foudre the French speak of in hushed tones' 308

23 'You have found her, now go and get her' 325

Part 3 Home, Family, Love

24 'You've been playing on the roof again and your Mommy doesn't like it' 345

25 'Fuck you, money!' 363

26 'Go on, cry! You'll be in the paper' 378

27 'Paul is still with us' 391

28 'It was a barrelling, empty feeling that just rolled across my soul' 408

29 'It was almost as if I was committing an unholy act' 426

30 'Hell, we've really blown it here' 444

31 'Screw you, I'll make an album you'll wish you'd been on' 462

32 An old estranged fiancé of mine called Paul' 478

33 'Man, if I was Paul McCartney, I'd buy the road' 494

34 'They'd saved themselves for him' 507

35 'Oi, Paul, you know that Mull of Kintyre? It's fakking great!' 519

36 'McCartneyesque whimsy on punk steroids' 534

37 Japanese Jailbird 547

38 'It put everyone in a daze for the rest of their life' 560

Part 4 Carrying That Weight

39 'Give me back my babies, Lew' 573

40 'About as close as you can get to a non-movie' 584

41 'I bought your songs, Paul' 599

42 'You're such a lovely audience' 614

43 'I work my arse off, I do. I work my bloody arse off' 630

44 'Everyone wanted to be the icing on the cake. No one wanted to be the cake' 643

45 'This letter comes with love from your friend Paul' 656

46 'She radiated hope' 671

47 'Let me love you always' 684

Part 5 Back in the World

48 Lonesome Town 697

49 'I've just got a leg missing. I've still got my heart' 711

50 'Hey, that's pretty good. Is it one of yours?' 726

51 'You don't say a lot, do you, Paul?' 741

52 'She could not afford to sue all the newspapers she would like to' 755

53 'Even by British tabloid standards, the nastiness has been extraordinary' 773

54 'His wife, mother, lover, confidante, business partner and psychologist' 786

55 'There's always that moment of "Can I do it?"' 799

Epilogue: 'See ya, Phil' 808

Acknowledgements 817

Picture Credits 819

Index 821

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