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What´s the best McCartney bio?
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And another bio:

Author Who Annoyed McCartney Will Write His Biography


Philip Norman, a prolific biographer whose  “Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation” is considered by many to be among the most absorbing and comprehensive biographies of the group, and whose “John Lennon: The Life” was widely admired, has been signed by Little, Brown and Company to write a biography of Paul McCartney.
The book, which is due in 2015, is being written with what Mr. Norman described in an e-mail as Mr. McCartney’s “tacit approval.”
“He is not directly co-operating,” Mr. Norman wrote, “but not objecting to my interviewing close friends, colleagues, etc.”
In a way, Mr. McCartney’s consent to the project suggests the extent to which his relationship with Mr. Norman has warmed in recent years. When “Shout!” was published Mr. McCartney disdained it, partly because it advanced some unusual theories, including one in which the death of the band’s manager, Brian Epstein, which was ruled as accidental, was actually the result of a murder plot. Mr. Norman toned down that discussion in subsequent editions of the book.
Mr. McCartney also believed that Mr. Norman treated him as a subsidiary to Lennon, and came to believe that his book set a pattern in which Lennon was portrayed as the superior songwriter and the Beatles’ idea man, rather than an equal collaborator. But when Mr. Norman was working on his Lennon biography – which at first had the approval of Yoko Ono, though she later rescinded it in the belief that Mr. Norman was portraying Lennon unfairly – Mr. McCartney agreed to answer questions by e-mail.
“Yes,” Mr. Norman said in his e-mail, “I was accused of being anti-Paul in ‘Shout!’ and I did afterward feel that I’d been unfair to him. I tried to make amends in the Lennon biography but even so, I didn’t expect to receive this approval (which came very quickly).”


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i'm reading fab ... almost finished, and i think it's very enjoyable. howard sounes does not seem to be a great fan of paul's music, though. but i like how he shows us a real human being ... and how many people are afraid to tell paul what they really think, because they're so intimidated. if i may, i would like to post a short quote which i found very funny and to the point:

To try and create a collaborative atmosphere in Wings, Paul was experimenting with becoming just another member of the group, on a par with Lin, Laine, McCullough and Seiwell. 'The first session he came into the control room and he said, "Now I don't want you to think of me as Paul McCartney, I want you to think of me as the bass player in the band,"' recalls Glyn Johns, grimacing as he tells the story. 'Well, you can imagine how long that lasted! The minute I started talking to him like the bass player in the band it was, you know, "Who the bloody hell do you think you're talking to?"

According to Brown, Paul had a habit of pontificating about matters he didn't understand. 'One of the things I personally used to get irritated with is just, if you know him, and you work with him, he is opinionated about everything, including things he knows nothing about.' And Paul's lectures were rarely short.

but that's paul for ya. and it all fits in my picture of him. i don't like him any less for that, i can even sympathise with it.

i do have the other 2 books as well, but haven't read them yet. anybody ever read christopher sandford's book?


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Choking Smoker said

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?

Wow, I didn't know there was a Choking Smoker. I wonder if there's a Joker too.

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I just reviewed Sounes' book, Fab ---> http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com.....-paul.html

Not a perfect book, but damn good and probably the best I've read on him as an overall biography of his life. Some things about it annoyed me and there were some inaccuracies, but overall it was quite good.

Anyone here read it? Thoughts?

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