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Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s [Kindle Edition]

Tom Doyle
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The most famous living rock musician on the planet, Paul McCartney is now regarded as a slightly cosy figure, an (inter)national treasure. Back in the 1970s, however, McCartney cut a very different figure. He was, literally, a man on the run. Desperately trying to escape the shadow of the Beatles, he became an outlaw hippy millionaire, hiding out on his Scottish farmhouse in Kintyre before travelling the world with makeshift bands and barefoot children. It was a time of numerous drug busts and brilliant, banned and occasionally baffling records. For McCartney, it was an edgy, liberating and sometimes frightening period of his life that has largely been forgotten. Man on the Run paints an illuminating picture: from McCartney’s nervous breakdown following the Beatles’ split through his apparent victimisation by the authorities to the rude awakening of his imprisonment for marijuana possession in Japan in 1980 and the shocking wake-up call of John Lennon’s murder. Ultimately, it poses the question: if you were one quarter of the Beatles, could you really outrun your past?

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'[An] excellent and insightful biography . . . he manages to get to the heart of McCartney's dilemma . . . a fascinating read' - Scots Whay Hae

'Man On The Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s is lovingly researched and expertly written by someone who was not afraid to push the boundaries in order to get to the untouched juicy bits. This isn't just a factual list of already documented events, this is an accessible and reader friendly must-have book written from an honest and open perspective that makes McCartney's already extensively documented life seem fresh and new' - Josh Gill's Blog

'Doyle makes sense of a stoned shaggy dog story that has none of the narrative neatness of the Beatles' rise and fall' - Guardian

'Starting with the painful disintegration of the Beatles, Doyle examines the next decade in McCartney's unimaginably odd existence, from his post-hippy farm idyll with wife Linda to the turbulent highs and lows of Wings . . . most compelling is the book's portrait of a man in a position that doesn't come with a guidebook, playing it by ear. ****' - Q Magazine

'The go-to guy if you want to coax confessions from a superstar, Doyle writes without agenda' - Mojo

'Doyle's writing is as beautiful as any McCartney tune' - Scotsman

'[Doyle] manages to say something new about a public figure about whom countless thousands of books and articles have been written, and he says it well... McCartney emerges as more admirable than many readers might have imagined - and more human, too' --Kirkus

'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

About the Author

Tom Doyle is an acclaimed music journalist, author and long-standing contributing editor to Q, whose work has also appeared in Mojo, the Guardian, Marie Claire, Elle, The Times and Sound on Sound. Over the years he has been responsible for key magazine-cover profiles of Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Kate Bush, Elton John, R.E.M. and U2, amongst many others. He is the author of The Glamour Chase: The Maverick Life of Billy MacKenzie (Bloomsbury 1998, Polygon 2011) which has attained the status of a classic rock biography since its original publication.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13940 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon (6 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decade (or so) in the life 16 Nov. 2013
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In the introduction to this book Tom Doyle attempts to reconcile some of the fundamentally contradictory aspects of Paul McCartney. As one of the most famous figures in the world over the last fifty years, it seems like we should known him very well - after all there has been no shortage of interviews with the man over the decades, and this year in particular, with the release of his new album, has seen him crop up on many television and radio programmes.

But as all his previous biographers have found, when you distill the numerous interviews the real McCartney is still a nebulous figure, and understanding the man behind the public facade isn't an easy task.

Man on the Run draws on several interviews conducted in recent years by Tom Doyle with Paul. Do they offer any particular new insights? A few little nuggets, but no, not really, so we still have to rely on eye-witnesses from the period, such as the other members of Wings, to get a real insight into what was happening.

Plenty of other writers have traveled this road, so whilst the events chronicled are fascinating - the break-up and legal wranglings of the Beatles, the fledgling evolution of Wings, the early ad-hoc tours, the bizarre recordings such as Mary Had a Little Lamb, the return to form with Band on the Run, the triumphant 1976 World Tour and McCartney's Japanese imprisonment in 1980 - there isn't a lot here that will be new to anybody who has read a selection of the many books published about McCartney over the last three decades or so.

But for those who come fresh to this period, then Man on the Run manages to capture the era very well, a time when McCartney did exactly what he pleased - both musically and personally - with only the Japanese bust and John Lennon's death bringing this chapter of his story to a sober end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Man on the Run 8 Sept. 2013
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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 - from the first solo album, through to the Japanese drug bust and the murder of John Lennon, which effectively caused the end of Wings.

The book begins with the messy Beatles breakup, including the public feud with Lennon and Paul's decision to legally file to dissolve the Beatles. The legal ramifications led to financial problems, much soul searching over his decision and, if not a total breakdown, certainly depression and a loss of confidence in his abilities. It also led to the birth of Wings. It had been an idea Paul had touted within the Beatles - to go on the road and play small gigs again. Unable to get his former bandmates to agree (probably sensibly), Paul decided to form a new band and do it himself. Of course, one (if not THE) most contentious issue was Linda joining the band, but one thing that does stand out in this book is that, for all the troubles Paul faced during the decade of the 1970's, his problems were not marital ones. While John and Yoko separated, and George and Ringo both got divorced, Paul and Linda were solidly a couple throughout their marriage - no rumour of any breakup or possibility of divorce, or even affairs, being mentioned. Linda seemed determined to keep temptation from Paul's door - banning other Wings members from bringing wives and girlfriends along; but Linda was in the band because Paul wanted her and he appreciated her commitment, when he knew she would rather be at home with the kids.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding a new McCartney 18 Sept. 2013
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A terrific read.

Tom Doyle has managed to take his many hours of Q / Mojo encounters with McCartney, mix in the views of those who were there and come up with a Paul McCartney whom we've never properly met before.
Most rock star stories have been well and truly told.. this is one which hasn't - properly - until now.

Stick it in the Xmas stocking of your Beatles loving Uncle or Aunt !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Authentic 13 Jan. 2014
I have read many Beatles and Beatles solo books in the last 35 years and it takes something to teach me things I didn't know. This book taught me plenty,helped by his access to Paul and several Wings members. I love the bit where Doyle askes McCartney about hypothetical Beatles albums from the 1970s. I once compiled four Beatles double albums from the solo work in the 1970s. The last one,covering 1976-1980 made more difficult by the absence of Lennon material to choose from. Here it is only touched upon, but full marks to Tom Doyle for at least canvassing Paul's opinion (although Jet with Imagine and My Sweet Lord doesn't make sense chronologically. Rather Uncle Albert than Jet me thinks!) The book covers the 1975-6 period especially well and the London Town recording sessions. I personally would have like more assessment of the songs. I didn't agree with his favourites from Red Rose Speedway. I like One More Kiss and the medley the best,and Big Barn Bed mind you! And My Love of course. Seems like Paul has chosen to not even remember the medley. OK it's not Abbey Road but all the segments except Lazy Dynamite work for me. Hands of Love in particular. Get One The Right Thing is my least favourite. Horses for courses I guess. This book is very fair in its assessment of various rumours,unlike Guilliano's Blackbird which is just too sensationalist. I don't trust Jo Jo Laine/Petrie's memories too much. An opportunist if ever there was one. Thanks Tom for writing about 70s Paul,if not forgotten then surely underrated. I'm sure Lennon's comment about The Long And Winding Road being Paul's last gasp was only made comparing his 70s work to his unsurpassable contribution to The Beatles. Read more ›
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Published 2 months ago by amanda brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book
A great book about the 10 or so years after the Beatles break up. As a McCartney fan particularly fond of the Wings period of his career, I just knew I had to buy this book, and it... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Johnblues
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a retread of existing material
The book indicates that the author had quite a lot of direct access to the subject but sadly this does not translate into fresh insights into Paul's character or creative... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sadhu Dude
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
all the stuff anyone who reads a newspaper or watches the news already knows
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5.0 out of 5 stars One would imagine that it would have been easy for a legend to form a...
This is a well written well researched account of the life of Macca from the end of the Beatles to the end of Wings. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Macca
Love McCartney,love the Beatles,love wings love the writer,love the 70s;if this is you(like me)then you will love this book.Read It!!
Published 9 months ago by martin kempster
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book on an oft forgotten but crucial period in the McCartney and Beatles story.
Published 10 months ago by Gary C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected
As a lifelong Beatle fan there's little about them I don't know.....having read so much since buying their first records in the early 60s. Read more
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