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Paul McCartney [sound recording] : a life
Carlin, Peter Ames
Adult Fiction ML410.M115 C37 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Despite the famous rumors of his death in 1969, Paul is alive and well in Carlin's hagiographic portrait of the creative genius behind the Beatles, the lead man of Wings and the brilliant though sometimes insecure solo artist still filling stadiums. Drawing on recent interviews with friends and McCartney's former band mates from Wings as well as on fresh research on the Liverpool lad, Carlin chronicles McCartney's life from his childhood love of music and his youthful entry into rock and roll with John Lennon in the Quarrymen to his meteoric rise to fame as one of the Beatles, his breakup with the band, his marriage to Linda Eastman and her death, and his recent marriage to and divorce from Heather Mills. Carlin rehearses the well-known story of the Beatles' breakup and Paul's disenchantment with Yoko Ono's role in leading the musical directions of the band. Feeling lost after the band dissolved, McCartney channeled his grief into his music, much as he did when his mother died when he was only 12, though critics both panned and praised his solo records. Since Barry Miles's definitive biography, Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now), goes only up to Linda's death in 1998, Carlin's study brings the musician's life to his most recent solo album, Electric Arguments (2008). McCartney emerges from Carlin's admiring biography as a brilliant musician who provided the creative direction for the Beatles, who taught John Lennon how to play the guitar and who continues to create new musical challenges for himself even now, when he's moving past 64. What's missing are interviews with McCartney himself. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Carlin's (Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson) new biography joins Christopher Sandford's McCartney, Barry Miles's Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now, and a host of others in looking at one of the most recognizable, popular, and influential pop musicians of the past 45 years. Virtually all of these biographies clarify McCartney's role within the Beatles, detail his stormy relationships with Wings members, his marriage to Linda Eastman, and the business intrigues of Apple Records, and cover the jockeying for the rights to the Lennon/McCartney compositions. Carlin's book is set apart by its aim at the general reader. It also includes up-to-date information about McCartney's failed marriage to Heather Mills and his recent album Memory Almost Full. Carlin used previously published resources and conducted interviews with former Wings members and label insiders in putting this book together. Verdict This is an ideal biography for the reader who wants a solid but fast-paced, easy-to-read overview of McCartney's life and career, but it will not totally satisfy devout McCartney fans because it doesn't break a lot of new ground.-James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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