Paul McCartney by Peter A. Carlin
A Life

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From the acclaimed biographer who brought you the rock biography of Bruce Springsteen comes the life of musician Paul McCartney—from his groundbreaking years with the Beatles to Wings to his work as a solo artist and activist.

More than a rock star, more than a celebrity, Paul McCartney is a cultural touchstone who helped transform popular music as one half of the legendary Lennon-McCartney songwriting duo. In this definitive biography, Peter Ames Carlin examines McCartney’s entire life, casting new light not just on the Beatles era but also on his years with Wings and his thirty-year relationship with his first wife, Linda McCartney. He takes us on a journey through a tumultuous couple of decades in which Paul struck out on his own as a solo artist, reached the top of the charts with a new band, and once again drew hundreds of thousands of screaming fans to his concerts. Carlin presents McCartney as a musical visionary but also as a layered and conflicted figure as haunted by his own legacy—and particularly his relationship with John Lennon—as he was inspired by it. Built on years of research and fresh, revealing interviews with friends, bandmates, and collaborators spanning McCartney’s entire life, Carlin’s lively biography captures the many faces of the living legend.
 

About Peter A. Carlin

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Peter Ames Carlin has been a columnist for the Oregonian newspaper since 2000, and he is the author of Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, which was acclaimed by Wilson collaborator Van Dyke Parks as "the essential Beach Boys saga." He has also worked as a freelance writer and as a senior writer at People magazine. Carlin lives with his wife and three children in Portland, Oregon. British narrator John Lee has read audiobooks in almost every conceivable genre, from Charles Dickens to Patrick O'Brian, and from the very real life of Napoleon to the entirely imagined lives of sorcerers and swashbucklers. He has won numerous Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile in 2009. Lee is also an accomplished stage actor and wrote and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit.
 
Published October 14, 2009 by Touchstone. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Thorough portrait of "the Cute Beatle," from his working-class childhood in Liverpool through his raucous years with the Fab Four and his continued musical output.

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The New York Times

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This biography aims to present Paul McCartney as more artistically and intellectually complex than the sweet and bubbly caricature we have known.

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But where "Fab" is rather ponderous—"A large part of the Beatles' success, and thereby Paul McCartney's, can be put down to the fact that the boys worked with first-rate people from the start"—Mr. Carlin's "Paul McCartney: A Life" at least has the virtues of readability and style.

Oct 29 2010 | Read Full Review of Paul McCartney: A Life

Examiner

Among the glut of Beatles-related books out there, there’s one excellent biography of John Lennon (Philip Norman’s John Lennon: The Life), and one that’s very good (Ray Coleman’s Lennon).

Nov 03 2009 | Read Full Review of Paul McCartney: A Life

Book Reporter

There were days, weeks in the studio, with McCartney the.

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AV Club

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A biographer walks the middle line between praise and accusation in this mostly thorough look at a Beatle.

Dec 02 2009 | Read Full Review of Paul McCartney: A Life

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A biographer walks the middle line between praise and accusation in this mostly thorough look at a Beatle.

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Jacksonville.com

McCartney made a romantic mistake in his rebound marriage to Heather Mills, who Carlin notes was revealed to others - and finally to McCartney - as an emotionally unstable, pathological liar.

Sep 26 2010 | Read Full Review of Paul McCartney: A Life

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