Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s by Tom Doyle

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Read Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s Online Free - An illuminating look at the most tumultuous decade in the life of a rock icon—the only McCartney biography in decades based on firsthand interviews with the ex-Beatle himself.
As the 1970s began, the Beatles ended, leaving Paul McCartney to face the new decade with only his wife Linda by his side. Holed up at his farmhouse in Scotland, he sank into a deep depression. To outsiders, McCartney seemed like a man adrift—intimidated by his own fame, paralyzed by the choices that lay before him, cut loose from his musical moorings. But what appeared to be the sad finale of a glorious career was just the start of a remarkable second act.
The product of a long series of one-on-one interviews between McCartney and Scottish rock journalist Tom Doyle, Man on the Run chronicles Paul McCartney’s decadelong effort to escape the shadow of his past, outrace his critics, and defy the expectations of his fans. From the bitter and painful breakup of the Beatles to the sobering wake-up call of John Lennon’s murder, this is a deeply revealing look at a sometimes frightening, often exhilarating period in the life of the world’s most famous rock star.
Sensing that he had nowhere to go but up, Paul McCartney started over from scratch. With emotional—and musical—backing from Linda, he released eccentric solo albums and embarked on a nomadic hippie lifestyle. He formed a new band, Wings, which first took flight on a ramshackle tour of British university towns and eventually returned Paul to the summit of arena rock superstardom.
In Man on the Run, Doyle follows McCartney inside the recording sessions for Wings’ classic album Band on the Run—and provides context for some of the baffling misfires in his discography. Doyle tracks the dizzying highs and exasperating lows of a life lived in the public spotlight: the richly excessive world tours, the Japanese drug bust that nearly ended McCartney’s career, his bitter public feuds with his erstwhile Beatle bandmates, and the aftermath of an infamous drug-and-alcohol-fueled jam session where McCartney helped reconcile the estranged John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
For Paul McCartney, the 1970s were a wild ride with some dark turns. Set against the backdrop of a turbulent decade, Man on the Run casts the “sunny Beatle” in an entirely new light.

Praise for Man on the Run
““Tom Doyle’s detailed chronicle, which includes rare interviews with McCartney and former Wings members, portrays a band that was far more contentious than eager-to-please hits like 1976’s ‘Let ’Em In’ had us believe, fronted by a legend who wanted to be both boss and buddy. The book is larded with tales of Seventies rock-star excess, Paul and Linda’s love of weed, docked paychecks, and grousing musicians.”Rolling Stone
“Well-researched but still breezy and engaging, the book offers a comprehensive tour of the shaggy, bleary-eyed decade when the hardest-working ex-Beatle reached the zenith of his creative and commercial success. . . . Man on the Run makes an excellent contribution to the burgeoning literature devoted to McCartney’s post-Beatles career.”The Boston Globe
“In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock ’n’ roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period in the legendary rock star’s life, Man on the Run, catches him in mid-flight.”Billboard

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ISBN : 080417914X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Paul rated it ★★★☆☆

December 30, 2013

For a book about a guy who is often portrayed as Mr Cheerful, this opens in depression bordering on nervous breakdown and ends with 10 days spent in jail. So, the question, and it is an interesting one, is : what do you do when you’ve done it all before the age of 30? You’ve already made the grea...

Susan rated it ★★★★☆

September 07, 2013

In the same way as, after the breakup of the Beatles, Paul McCartney turned away from performing any songs from that era; after the demise of Wings, he often seemed reluctant to discuss his post-Beatles band until recently. In this book, author Tom Doyle, takes an in-depth look at this period - f...

Kinksrock rated it ★★★☆☆

February 23, 2017

Interesting book about McCartney in the 70s. It was eye-opening about how bad the Beatles' break-up was and how disorganized the creation and work of the Wings was, as McCartney struggled with the idea of starting a new band while not dealing well with bandmates standing up to him ("some pigs are...

Sharon rated it ★★★★★

May 18, 2014

I must state, right at the beginning, that I am an unabashed Beatles and Wings fan. This is the music with which I grew up, and there was a time in my life when I devoured every word that was written about either band, and Paul McCartney in particular. I thought I knew everything there was to kno...

James rated it ★★★★☆

October 24, 2016

Ive read this before but yesterday was a Sunday and it rained all day so I picked it off the shelves, started at the start and ended up finishing it just before midnight. Im a Beatles freak - Im from Liverpool so I guess its in the blood - and this book documents an interesting time for Paul. Of...

Garry rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 02, 2014

A sad and ultimately disappointing book. What do you do when you are only twenty-nine and your best years are behind you? Years that saw you create and co-create the single greatest collection of rock and pop songs the world has ever seen. What do you do when you lose your musical home and then s...

Jean rated it ★★★★★

June 22, 2014

Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s, is a book written with the quiet, knowing assurance of a biographer who illuminates with great empathy. On the other hand, this bio is terrifically exciting, so do not expect to be bored just because the author has compassion. This is a ride with is fil...

Tori rated it ★★★☆☆

February 12, 2017

As a person who secretly sometimes enjoys Wings more than the Beatles and who is also total trash for Paul, this was right up my alley to read. Paul without all those pesky other band mates (I love you George) in the mix. However, I wasn't prepared for how much of a bummer parts of this book were...

Peacegal rated it ★★★★☆

December 20, 2016

I love Paul always forever, even if that wasn't the cool position to take when I was in high school, even amongst Beatles fans. As with most (all) of the values expressed by our peers when we are in high school, history is proving the in-crowd wrong, and Mr. McCartney is finally getting some resp...

Malcolm rated it ★★★★☆

January 14, 2017

This biog cleverly concentrates on what was probably Macca's most difficult decade. Firstly, he had to learn how to not be a Beatle. Secondly, he had to prove to the world, & himself, that he could continue a creative life that would occasionally throw up a song or two that would hold muster...

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