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What´s the best McCartney bio?
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3 December 2010
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As far as I know there are currently 3 extensive biographies of Paul McCartney available - Barry Miles: Many years from now, Peter Ames Carlin:Paul McCartney, A life, and Howard Sounes: Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney, the latter two fairly recent I think. Any clues which is best?

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OK, I have now read the Howard Sounes Fab book: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney. I have not read any of the others but I think this one is good. In an unauthorized bio you want the complete picture, the good and the bad sides of the character. And I think Sounes makes a good job here. He describes McCartney as a very ambitious, sometimes impatient genius who at times can be rude when he doesnt get what he wants, but on the other hand as a charming, communicative, generous and responsible person. He was clearly the driving force behind the Beatles after Epstein had died, and without his committment they would have split already in 1968 or so. For experts the book may not reveal many new facts but it provides a good overview.

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Choking Smoker said

OK, I have now read the Howard Sounes Fab book: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney.

Found this on sale for 8 bucks and am reading it now. Scanned through a few bits and found some remarks fairly critical of Paul, which I choose to take as encouraging for the book as a whole (although I may be proven to be wrong, of course!)

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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Really enjoying "Fab", and I gotta say it's making me enthusiastic to want to check out Paul's late work, "Flaming Pie" and beyond, which the author has a much higher opinion of than most of the 70s-80s stuff, of which he could be quite critical. (Me, I definitely liked "Venus And Mars" and "McCartney" and especially "Ram" a lot more than he did, but he surprised me with kind words for "McCartney II" which I like a lot and which usually is dissed.)

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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'Many Years From Now', McCartney's collaboration with Barry Miles is the best, as it comes from the horse's mouth and is quite extensive in scope, and the Guilliano book 'Blackbird Singing' is the worst, a hatchet job with no cooperation from McCartney or any 'Beatles people' except for a strange little intro by Denny Laine that appears to have been cut and pasted from somewhere else...Olivia Harrison wrote a scathing letter to a UK newspaper about Guilliano after he wrote 'Dark Horse', a supposed biography about George, calling him a 'scavenging dog'.

 

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I received Many Years From Now for Christmas and can't wait to start it - need to finish Can't Buy Me Love first.

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I received Many Years From Now for Christmas and can't wait to start it - need to finish Can't Buy Me Love first.

 

Let me know how it is...that's next on my list to get and read!

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DrBeatle said

I received Many Years From Now for Christmas and can't wait to start it - need to finish Can't Buy Me Love first.

Let me know how it is...that's next on my list to get and read!

Are you referring to Can't Buy Me Love or Many Years From Now? I'd be happy to tell you about either one once I have finished.mal-evans

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Hi,

"Paul McCartney, Many Years From Now" by Miles should be on the doorstep, any minute now, I ordered it before Christmas. I will let you know what I think of it and would be happy to participate in a discussion of the book with other members currently reading! a-hard-days-night-paul-3

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