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4.0 out of 5 stars Background to the Beatles Songs
If you're interested in The Beatles and where the ideas for their songs came from, this is a very interesting read. I'm sure the facts could be disputed by other individuals, but as the author, Barry Miles, writes in a conversational manner (mostly McCartney's narrative) it is very easy to read. Recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read with a few silly errors
This is a good view of Paul McCartney's life before and during his time with The Beatles. I thought I'd read all I needed to about the band but there are a lot of things here that are new to me. After reading many books from John Lennon's point of view it is interesting to hear Paul's side of the story.. There were two reasons why this book only gets three stars :...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Background to the Beatles Songs, 29 Mar 2010
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Mr. R. STANSON "rodley" (liverpool) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now (Hardcover)
If you're interested in The Beatles and where the ideas for their songs came from, this is a very interesting read. I'm sure the facts could be disputed by other individuals, but as the author, Barry Miles, writes in a conversational manner (mostly McCartney's narrative) it is very easy to read. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 8 Sep 2003
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A sensitive and honest account of Pauls life as a boy, with the Beatles and beyond. A very interesting read - even for those who think they've read everything there is to read on The Beatles! Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtfull, engrossing about a living Legend, 24 Jan 1999
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I believe Many Years from now is one of the finest examples of high profile autobiography I have read last year. If you are a keen beatles fan (who isn't) this really as a must have as 95% of the book is about the whole sixties and how Macca remembers every song, album, event that shaped the beatles carrer and mtythology. He doesn't actually write it rather he gives his account in the form of interviews. The novel is split into about 7 or 8 chapters and a few examples are his childhood, then later Hamburg, The Cavern, The whole American experience, The Whole Drug experience, Sgt. Peeper, ect. One of my favourite chapter is called John were he describes the relationship he had then and how he remembers now. He talks very openly about the friendship, the breakup, the riverly and the love he had and has for John. The book dicusses practacally every song they wrote togther and influnces that shaped the song. it is and aborbing read with no beatles event overlooked. Its really a rememberence and it seems as Paul McCartney is finally at grips with his past and in this book he show us how hes came througth the wole experience still believing th at the love he took was equal to the love he made. Before I read this book I always believed McCartney to be a Iron willed, extremelly wealthy, 55yr old, egotistical genuis of pop when reading this book u see he has many strings to his bow and the overall message is "hey I was in The beatles too u'know" and we are left in no doubt of the fact but he does it with a grace, thoughtfullness and most emgrossing way that u can't poosibly not admire. A showman to the end. the Walrus really was Paul!
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4.0 out of 5 stars coming down fast, I'm miles above you, 22 July 2014
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gille liath (US of K) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now (Hardcover)
This is about Paul, from the Paul camp, but not *by* him - let's be clear about that. It's funny actually, when it claims to be based on 'hundreds of hours of interviews', the things Barry Miles didn't think to ask him about - eg his ideas on the Let It Be sessions seem to be based solely on having watched the film. Nor is it anti-John. It's anti-Yoko, perhaps, but I think no less of it for that. It would be wrong to blame her for the breakup; the responsibility was really John's, as he eventually acknowledged, and it was he that drew her (albeit without any evident reluctance on her part) into the band's space. Still, it was his band to mess up if he wanted, not hers. The role she played was obtuse, vain and insensitive at best. The idea that Lennon hired the unscrupulous and divisive Allen Klein just because he had promised her a New York exhibition - which the Beatles ended up paying for - is enough to make you fume.

However, mentions of her are few. This isn't a book of gossip; it's largely about the music, and as such makes a horses-mouth companion to Revolution In The Head (a book Miles quotes with approval). Only at the end does the book, like the group, get tangled up with Klein And All That. What comes through is that McCartney's chief fault was to remain committed to the Beatles when the others no longer were. Yet still, after all these years, he doesn't appear to recognise that he wanted two incompatible things: to remain in a group of democratic equals, and to do things his own way. By insisting too much on the latter, he was effectively making the same choice as the others - to be master of his own ship - and unwittingly helping to break the group up.

It doesn't delve all that deeply. The man himself refers to the 'idiot McCartney myth', and it has to be said that it's partly his own fault for hanging on to his larky Beatle persona, and often obscuring the meaning of his songs (especially compared to Lennon's neon-lit shopfront). As he says, when on dangerous ground 'a veiling takes place' so that the subject is not too obvious. One shock is the description of Helter Skelter, the group's heaviest song and precursor of grunge, as being about 'the demise, the fall of the Roman Empire'. That carries the startling implication that 'you' in the song might be John, or all the Beatles. Actually it makes good sense: do they want to be in the band or not? But, there and elsewhere, Miles doesn't follow up the hint.

Does it claim more for McCartney than is his due? No-one can say for sure, because no-one else knows just how much of each Lennon-McCartney song was contributed by him. You do wonder at times. In one case, where he works on John's idea, it's 'but the difficult thing is to make more of it'; but then where John works on his idea it's 'but it was all basically there'. On the other hand he gives John credit on a lot of songs where you might not have expected it, eg for contributions to Birthday, Here, There & Everywhere and Drive My Car.

But you know what, I don't really care if he does overstate his case slightly in places. Basically the point of this book is that, as McCartney says, 'it really did pan out about equal'. If Paul feels that fact has been insufficiently recognised over the years, certainly by the muso world, he has a point.

It's true there's too much about Swinging London, man, probably because the author was part of the scene (he confusingly refers to himself in the third person as 'Miles'). It's also true that it's sometimes a bit cavalier over the details; Paul surely can't think that Revolution 1 was 'the hottest recording we ever made'? Someone must be getting confused with the Single version. And it's a shame that there's virtually no coverage of McCartney's post-Beatles work, other than his experiments in other mediums (painting, classical etc). The book ends movingly with his eulogy for Linda, who had then died recently.

Nothing will convince me, though, that 'the movement you need is on your shoulder' is a great line...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Many years from now....I'll read this again!, 14 Dec 2000
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Paula Suckling (Georgetown, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now (Hardcover)
Exhilerating honesty on Paul's part, I didn't know about half of the things he related and what eyeopeners they were! For an ex-Londoner who was around in the sixties and seventies this book is a time travel machine to nostalgia, an absolute must for any Beatles fan and a great companion to the new Anthology book released earlier this year. The stories and history surrounding Paul's interviews are informative, interesting and very well written, it is a book that is hard to put down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!! All Lennon fans take notice!, 25 May 1999
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Although I`m only half way through the book, I have to say that it is one of the most enjoyable reads I`ve had in a long time. Just to learn that such legends were, infact, influenced by such a wide variety of fifties and early sixties acts with names such as 'Billy and the Comets.' It just goes to prove it`s not the name that counts - it`s what you do with it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read with a few silly errors, 19 Jun 2013
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mariopops "Andy Rogers" (SOLIHULL, WEST MIDLANDS United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now (Hardcover)
This is a good view of Paul McCartney's life before and during his time with The Beatles. I thought I'd read all I needed to about the band but there are a lot of things here that are new to me. After reading many books from John Lennon's point of view it is interesting to hear Paul's side of the story.. There were two reasons why this book only gets three stars : Firstly, there are errors here and there... for example, according to this book John and Yoko started working together in 1969 ( err no, I think you will find it is a lot earlier than that) and the song "Yes it is" is allegedly on the "Beatles for Sale" album (wrong again, it was on the b-side of the Ticket to Ride single).There are a lot of mistakes like this, (wrong songs on the wrong albums, etc). Secondly, I got tired of Paul claiming credit for John's songs - OK, John & Paul worked together a lot of the time but if you believe this book every song was 90% Paul and 10% John, including "Walrus" and "Strawberry Fields"- patently that's nonsense but you have to remember this book is now 12 years old and was written in Pauls "insecure" period when he was trying to get "his" songs re-credited to "McCartney-Lennon".. If you ignore these and can live with Pauls ego trip its an OK read if a tad dry in places when describing the London art scene in the mid 60's- buy it used you can get it stupidly cheap. For Beatles fans, its an interesting read but far from indispensible.
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