Right off the bat, you’ll have to be a big McCartney/Wings fan to care, but if you do, this is a fascinating book of post-Beatle hangover.
You start at the moment the Beatles call it quits, and it ends as Wings calls it quits a decade later. In between, Paul McCartney is devastated by doubt, derailed by drug arrests, subjected to infighting and devastated again by John Lennon’s murder.
Some great music came from McCartney during this era, such as My Love, Listen to What The Man Said, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey – but he also penned such trifles as Mary Had A Little Lamb.
McCartney begins the decade wondering if he will ever regain his groove, and he does find it with a new band of convenience, Wings. As he hits the top again, he’s proved to himself he’s still got it – and then loses interest in the whole hitmaking machine again.
The author had access to McCartney himself and a lot of the anecdotes come from Paul’s own memories, which makes this a stronger book than another rehash of clippings.
Worthwhile if you’re into the Beatles, Macca himself or just good pop-rock music.