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