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Man On the Run: Paul McCartney in the 70s
18 September 2013
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This book just came out in the UK on Sept. 6 (not released in the US until June 2014!).

 

 

I've been looking forward to reading it for a while as this is a period in Paul's life and career that always seems to get shorter shrift than it deserves. I've got a copy on its way to me from the publisher for reviewing purposes, so as soon as I finish reading it and writing up my review, I'll publish it on my site and share the link.

Has anyone else here read it yet? I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts (no spoilers, please!)

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24 September 2013
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Review of the book at The Scotsman.

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24 September 2013
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Well I'm glad the guy who wrote the review didn't write the book, based on quotes like this:

"By their final recorded album, Abbey Road, it seems clear that McCartney is leaving Lennon and the other Beatles behind – not in songwriting or even in taste, but in musical technique.

Where Lennon pays homage to a basic old Chuck Berry number on Come Together, McCartney gives us orchestras and music hall pastiche. Listening to the album afresh, what seemed like a magical melée of styles now sounds like chalk and cheese rubbing together."

What a load of old cobblers.

 

24 September 2013
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trcanberra said
Well I'm glad the guy who wrote the review didn't write the book, based on quotes like this:

"By their final recorded album, Abbey Road, it seems clear that McCartney is leaving Lennon and the other Beatles behind – not in songwriting or even in taste, but in musical technique.

Where Lennon pays homage to a basic old Chuck Berry number on Come Together, McCartney gives us orchestras and music hall pastiche. Listening to the album afresh, what seemed like a magical melée of styles now sounds like chalk and cheese rubbing together."

What a load of old cobblers.

 

Wow.  I agree it's "cobblers".  That review is as incomprehensible as when John Simon called Mozart and Beethoven "garbage".

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24 September 2013
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And completely ignores the beauty of Because and power of I Want You (She's So Heavy).

Abbey Road still has a very holistic sound to it so I've got no idea where Pete Martin, the reviewer, gets the idea that it "sounds like chalk and cheese rubbing together". Won't be going to him for record suggestions anytime soon.

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24 September 2013
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Hey guys, not too many spoilers, I'm still waiting on the book so I can read it for myself! :P

 

I agree, though, terrible paragraph there. If anything, Abbey Road was probably the weakest late-period album from Paul, at least the one where his presence is least dominating. Other than Oh! Darling, he doesn't contribute any great songs to it apart from his scraps and bits (and arrangements) in the medley. It was John's strongest effort since the White Album (Come Together, I Want You, Because) and of course George kicks ass all over it with his playing, as well as his two best songs, Something and Here Comes The Sun.

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24 September 2013
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^ There were no spoilers – that's a quote from the reviewer (well, at least that's what it looked like to me).  Plus, it's opinion, and surely an opinion can't be a spoiler?

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DrBeatle said
Hey guys, not too many spoilers, I'm still waiting on the book so I can read it for myself! :P

 

I agree, though, terrible paragraph there. If anything, Abbey Road was probably the weakest late-period album from Paul, at least the one where his presence is least dominating. Other than Oh! Darling, he doesn't contribute any great songs to it apart from his scraps and bits (and arrangements) in the medley. It was John's strongest effort since the White Album (Come Together, I Want You, Because) and of course George kicks ass all over it with his playing, as well as his two best songs, Something and Here Comes The Sun.

I see Paul as dominating half the time, and the other half holding his own weight.  I also see John as dominating half the time, and the other half holding his own weight.

I.e., Abbey Road is a perfect symbiosis of the two.  I don't see any "problems".

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My review of the book is now up: http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com…..rtney.html

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This was part of the Kindle daily deal on Amazon UK a few days ago, so I bought it for £1 (or thereabouts). Haven't started reading it yet.

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Nice review there, Dr. Beatle.

If I were writing a book about Paul in the 70s (I'm not), I would put at least some emphasis on the role that Linda played in shaping Paul's image.

There are IMO two reasons why Wings is a "forgotten" band of the 70s. To those over the age of 20 who'd been Beatle fans, many (most?) of the singles released by McCartney/Wings seemed nearly trite. The fact that they were major commercial successes is besides the point. And of course, if you thought the singles were weak, you were not going to buy the albums and discover all the good stuff.

And the second reason was Linda. Lost with the passage of time and the sympathy associated with her untimely passing is the vitriol and mocking associated with her being in the band. You could not possibly take seriously a band that had photographer Linda McCartney on keyboards. (Lennon was held in similar low esteem as a result of including Yoko in his music.) The poor woman was routinely raked over the coals.

So some of the beating that Macca endured you could say was self-imposed.

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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
Nice review there, Dr. Beatle.

If I were writing a book about Paul in the 70s (I'm not), I would put at least some emphasis on the role that Linda played in shaping Paul's image.

There are IMO two reasons why Wings is a "forgotten" band of the 70s. To those over the age of 20 who'd been Beatle fans, many (most?) of the singles released by McCartney/Wings seemed nearly trite. The fact that they were major commercial successes is besides the point. And of course, if you thought the singles were weak, you were not going to buy the albums and discover all the good stuff.

And the second reason was Linda. Lost with the passage of time and the sympathy associated with her untimely passing is the vitriol and mocking associated with her being in the band. You could not possibly take seriously a band that had photographer Linda McCartney on keyboards. (Lennon was held in similar low esteem as a result of including Yoko in his music.) The poor woman was routinely raked over the coals.

So some of the beating that Macca endured you could say was self-imposed.

All great points. As you said, with the passage of time and hindsight, Linda is remembered almost fondly as a member of Wings but at the time, as you said, it was brutal.  I remember as a kid in the 80s hearing the joke "what has hairy legs and can't sing with Wings? Linda." So mean! At least she was totally aware of her musical limitations, unlike Yoko.

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16 November 2013
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This actually looks very interesting. Maybe it is just me , but I will save my money until June.

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