By Tom Doyle
An illuminating examine the main tumultuous decade within the lifetime of a rock icon—the purely McCartney biography in many years in accordance with firsthand interviews with the ex-Beatle himself.
because the Seventies started, the Beatles ended, leaving Paul McCartney to stand the recent decade with simply his spouse Linda through his facet. Holed up at his farmhouse in Scotland, he sank right into a deep melancholy. To outsiders, McCartney appeared like a guy adrift—intimidated by means of his personal reputation, paralyzed through the alternatives that lay earlier than him, break free from his musical moorings. yet what looked to be the unhappy finale of a wonderful occupation used to be only the start of a amazing moment act.
The made of a protracted sequence of one-on-one interviews among McCartney and Scottish rock journalist Tom Doyle, Man at the Run chronicles Paul McCartney’s decadelong attempt to flee the shadow of his previous, outrace his critics, and defy the expectancies of his enthusiasts. From the sour and painful breakup of the Beatles to the sobering take-heed call of John Lennon’s homicide, this can be a deeply revealing examine a occasionally scary, usually exhilarating interval within the lifetime of the world’s most renowned rock star.
Sensing that he had nowhere to move yet up, Paul McCartney begun over from scratch. With emotional—and musical—backing from Linda, he published eccentric solo albums and launched into a nomadic hippie way of life. He shaped a brand new band, Wings, which first took flight on a ramshackle travel of British collage cities and finally lower back Paul to the summit of area rock superstardom.
In Man at the Run, Doyle follows McCartney contained in the recording periods for Wings’ vintage album Band at the Run—and presents context for a number of the baffling misfires in his discography. Doyle tracks the dizzying highs and exasperating lows of a lifestyles lived within the public highlight: the richly over the top international excursions, the japanese drug bust that almost ended McCartney’s occupation, his sour public feuds together with his erstwhile Beatle bandmates, and the aftermath of an notorious drug-and-alcohol-fueled jam consultation the place McCartney helped reconcile the estranged John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
For Paul McCartney, the Nineteen Seventies have been a wild trip with a few darkish turns. Set opposed to the backdrop of a turbulent decade, Man at the Run casts the “sunny Beatle” in a wholly new light.
Praise for guy at the Run
““Tom Doyle’s distinct chronicle, along with infrequent interviews with McCartney and previous Wings contributors, portrays a band that was once way more contentious than eager-to-please hits like 1976’s ‘Let ’Em In’ had us think, fronted via a legend who desired to be either boss and blood brother. The e-book is larded with stories of Seventies rock-star extra, Paul and Linda’s love of weed, docked paychecks, and grousing musicians.”—Rolling Stone
“Well-researched yet nonetheless breezy and fascinating, the ebook bargains a complete travel of the shaggy, bleary-eyed decade while the hardest-working ex-Beatle reached the zenith of his inventive and advertisement luck. . . . Man at the Run makes an exceptional contribution to the burgeoning literature dedicated to McCartney’s post-Beatles career.”—The Boston Globe
“In the Seventies, a depressed, heavy-drinking Paul McCartney walked clear of The Beatles and reinvented himself because the chief of one other hitmaking rock ’n’ roll band. a brand new booklet through longtime Q journal contributing editor Tom Doyle approximately that turbulent interval within the mythical rock star’s lifestyles, Man at the Run, catches him in mid-flight.”—Billboard