The Resource Paul McCartney : the life, Philip Norman

Paul McCartney : the life, Philip Norman

Paul McCartney : the life
Paul McCartney
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the life
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Philip Norman
"Since the age of twenty-one, Paul McCartney has lived one of the ultimate rock-n-roll lives played out on the most public of stages. Now, Paul's story is told by rock music's foremost biographer, with McCartney's consent and access to family members and close friends who have never spoken on the record before. Paul McCartney reveals the complex character behind the façade and sheds new light on his childhood--blighted by his mother's death but redeemed by the father who introduced him to music. This is the first definitive account of Paul's often troubled partnership with John Lennon, his personal trauma after the Beatles' breakup, and his subsequent struggle to get back to the top with Wings--which nearly got him murdered in Africa and brought him nine days in a Tokyo jail. Readers will learn about his marriage to Linda, including their much-criticized musical collaboration, and a moving account of her death. Packed with new information and critical insights, Paul McCartney will be the definitive biography of a musical legend." --
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  • 782.42166092
  • B
  • illustrations
  • portraits
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N67 2016
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non fiction
Paul McCartney : the life, Philip Norman
Paul McCartney : the life, Philip Norman
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Prologue: All our yesterdays -- Stairway to Paradise. 'Hey, mister gimme a quid and I'll show you Paul McCartney's house' -- 'Apple sandwiches with sugar' -- 'I learned to put a shell around me' -- Puttin' on the style -- 'Chalkandcheese!' -- 'Paul seems to make John come alive when they were together' -- 'Just who do you want to be, Paul? Tommy Steele?' -- 'Everything's mad here. People never sleep' -- 'Sing "Searchin'", Paul! -- 'Oo, Vi, give me legs a comb' -- 'Just think--Little Richard's got on my shirt! I can't believe it!' -- The Barnum & Bailey Beatle. 'Did you know he sleeps with his eyes open?' -- 'Changing my life with a wave of her hand' -- 'Long life and happiness and lots of marzipan butties' -- This is what a Beatle does in the evenings' -- 'It's a big one, 'cos I like big houses' -- 'You might almost have said an alien had landed on the Mull' -- Return of the Jim Mac Jazz Band -- 'An irresponsible idiot' -- 'Everything was off the top of Paul's head' -- 'A beautiful place where beautiful people can buy beautiful things' -- 'It was the coup de foudre the French speak of in hushed tones' -- 'You have found her, now go and get her' -- Home, Family, Love. 'You've been playing on the roof again and your Mommy doesn't like it' -- 'Fuck you, money!' -- 'Go on, cry! You'll be in the paper' -- 'Paul is still with us' -- 'It was a barrelling, empty feeling that just rolled across my soul' -- 'It was almost as if I was committing an unholy act' -- 'Hell, we've really blown it here' -- 'Screw you, I'll make an album you'll wish you'd been on' -- 'An old estranged fiancé of mine called Paul' -- 'Man, if I was Paul McCartney, I'd buy the road' -- 'They'd saved themselves for him' -- 'Oi, Paul, you know that Mull of Kintyre? It's fakking great!' -- McCartneyesque whimsy on punk steroids' -- Japanese jailbird -- 'It put everyone in a daze for the rest of their life' -- Carrying That Weight. 'Give me back my babies, Lew' -- 'About as close as you can get to a non-movie' -- 'I bought your songs, Paul' -- 'You're such a lovely audience' -- 'I work my arse off, I do. I work my bloody arse off' -- 'Everyone wanted to the icing on the cake. No one wanted to be the cake' -- 'This letter comes with my love from your friend Paul' -- 'She radiated hope' -- 'Let me love you always' -- Back in the World. Lonesome town -- 'I've just got a leg missing. I've still got my heart' -- 'Hey, that's pretty good. Is it one of yours?' -- 'You don't say a lot, do you, Paul?' --'She could not afford to sue all the newspapers she would like to' -- Even by British tabloid standards, the nastiness has been extraordinary -- 'His wife, mother, lover, confidante, business partner, and psychologist' -- 'There's always that moment of "Can I do it?'" -- Epilogue: 'See ya, Phil.'
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25 cm.
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853 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
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