The McCartney Legacy: Volume 1: 1969 - 73

The McCartney Legacy: Volume 1: 1969 - 73

The McCartney Legacy: Volume 1: 1969 - 73

The McCartney Legacy: Volume 1: 1969 - 73


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In this first of a groundbreaking multivolume set, THE MCCARTNEY LEGACY, VOL 1: 1969-73 captures the life of Paul McCartney in the years immediately following the dissolution of the Beatles, a period in which McCartney recreated himself as both a man and a musician. Informed by hundreds of interviews, extensive ground up research, and thousands of never-before-seen documents THE MCCARTNEY LEGACY, VOL 1 is an in depth, revealing exploration of McCartney’s creative and personal lives beyond the Beatles.

When Paul McCartney issued a press release in April 1970 announcing that the world’s most beloved band, the Beatles, had broken up no one could have predicted that McCartney himself would go on to have one of the most successful solo careers in music history. Yet in the years after the Fab Four disbanded, Paul McCartney became a legend in his own right. Now journalist and world-renowned Beatles’ historian Allan Kozinn and award-winning documentarian Adrian Sinclair chronicle in technicolor McCartney’s pivotal years from 1969 to 1973, as he recreated himself in the immediate aftermath of the Beatles breakup – a period when, newly married and with a growing family, he conquered depression and self-doubt, formed a new band, Wings, and recorded five epochal albums culminating in the triumphant smash, Band on the Run.

Part 1 of a multivolume set, THE MCCARTNEY LEGACY, VOL. 1 documents a pivotal moment in the life of a man whose legacy grows increasingly more relevant as his influence on music and pop culture remains as relevant as ever. It is the first truly comprehensive biography, and the most finely detailed exploration of McCartney’s creative life beyond the Beatles, ever undertaken.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063000704
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 12/13/2022
Pages: 720
Sales rank: 205,151
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Allan Kozinn was a music critic and culture reporter for the New York Times from 1977 to 2014, where he wrote principally about classical music. In that capacity, he interviewed Paul McCartney several times, and saw him perform in a great variety of configurations and venues—from singing with a hand mic at the Lonestar Roadhouse, playing rock oldies at the Cavern, in Liverpool, and performing in small halls like the Ed Sullivan Theater and the Highline Ballroom, to full-scale concerts at Madison Square Garden and Yankee Stadium. He currently contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and other publications. He has taught courses at the Juilliard School and New York University (including a course on the Beatles at the latter), and has written seven books, among them The BeatlesFrom the Cavern to the Rooftop (1995), Got That Something! How The Beatles’ ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ Changed Everything (2013), The New York Times Essential GuideClassical Music (2004).

The principal researcher for the McCartney Legacy series, Adrian Sinclair studied film at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and served a traineeship with ITV in Yorkshire, England, where he learned his craft as a documentary film editor. He’s worked for almost every major broadcaster in the world, including the BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 4, National Geographic, Discovery and MTV. As well as receiving recognition for his work from the Royal Television Society in England, Adrian’s 2010 documentary Stealing Shakespeare (BBC/Smithsonian) was Emmy shortlisted for Best Documentary. 

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Kintyre Mist 7

2 Rotten Apple 31

3 Playing with Himself 54

4 Enter Billy Martin 75

5 One Guy Standing there Shouting "I'm Leaving!" 103

6 Another Day, Another Dilemma 124

7 Working 9 to 5 150

8 Keep on Truckin 166

9 Back Across the Water 194

10 Of Beatles and Barristers 218

11 Battering Ram 254

12 Growing Wings 277

13 War is Over. If You Want It 305

14 Ireland, It's the Capital of Liverpool 337

15 Introducing … Rikki and the Red Streaks 351

16 Getting High and Jamming 376

17 Preparing for Liftoff 401

18 "Chantez a Bit If you know Les Mots" 427

19 From the Autobahn to the Red Rose Speedway 454

20 Romeo, Romeo 482

21 Double Vision 507

22 Five of them Came Up Illegal 529

23 Dustin Off the Cobwebs 553

24 "How Dare You Inconvenience Us" 583

25 Step Softly, This Town is Jinxed 608

26 Restless Momentum 628

27 The King of Pop 657

Acknowledgments 673

Illustrations 676

Bibliography 677

Selected Discography 679

Selected Videography 681

Concert Tours 683

Notes 685

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