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HarperCollins signs McCartney bio.

I cannot think of the last time I read a really earth shaking biography of Paul McCartney.  There aren’t just that many high-quality titles out there about our dear boy Paul.  I mean, some of the history has yet to be written.  If he keeps putting music out that’s been as good as his last few albums, and the few tracks from his upcoming LP. 

I must say though, that one of the best music books period that I have ever read was about McCartney and his avant garde side,  The Unknown McCartney by Ian Peel.  If you have never seen it before, it’s well worth hunting down. You will learn of things that you haven’t heard or seen before.  This book will need an update though once the new Fireman album comes out.

Here’s what we’ve read.

HarperCollins has acquired a new biography of Sir Paul McCartney by Bob Dylan biographer Howard Sounes.

The book, as yet untitled, will be published in autumn 2010. Natalie Jerome, editorial director for Harper Non-Fiction, bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Gordon Wise at Curtis Brown for an undisclosed sum. The book will be published simultaneously in the USA by Da Capo Press, and in Canada by Doubleday, with translation rights sold in Germany, Denmark, Finland and Holland.

Sounes, author of the acclaimed Bob Dylan biography Down the Highway, will tell Sir Paul’s story from childhood to present day, putting his life into the context of his musical achievements and cultural importance. “This biography will pierce through the rumour, hearsay and speculation about Sir Paul McCartney to reveal the true story of a great life,” said Jerome. “Sounes is the perfect author to tackle this rich subject and I have no doubt that his book will be superb.”

Source: The Bookseller


3 Responses

  1. i highly recomend PAUL MCCARTNEY-MANYYEARS FROM NOW by Barry Miles. BM owned the Indica book shop with Peter Asher and John Dunbar, the place where John met Yoko. BM was there with McCartney thru the key “psychedelic” years and Macs experimental renaisannce. kind of non prejudicialy written. definitly not sycophantic. maybe nothing you dont know yet, but details you havent seen before. its a big book and an easy read. its been bedside for years at this house.

  2. I would like to know more about his days with Wings, in the 70’s. The documentary “Wingspan” was good from a McCartney point of view, him telling the story, but I miss some in-depth commentaries from the others in the band. Why there was so many lineup-changes for instance. I’ve heard rumours that McCartney was a difficult person to deal with, he wanted to rule the band and told the musicians what to play. They didn’t have any freedom to be creative and bring through their own individual input to the shape of the music. So I don’t know. It seems like most of the musicians who played with Wings, and then left, went back to the obscurity they came from, before McCartney picked them up. Even Denny Laine’s career dropped dead after he left McCartney as a collaborater. The only person who ever played with Paul, after The Beatles, who is highly relevant today, seems to be Paul himself. It seems like this guy is capable of surviving anything. Most others just come and go, getting their fifteen minutes of fame, to quote Andy Warhol. Strange. : )

  3. I also highly recommend Barry Miles book since it was done with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney. Many keen insights that otherwise wouldn’t have shown up in print elsewhere.

    Beatle Bob
    (Bootleg Reviewer Bootlegzone, 910, Beatleglist, etc)

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