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Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney Paperback – 23 Jun 2011
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‘The best Beatles book since Revolution in the Head. Thumbs up’ Classic Rock
‘As an exhaustive account of McCartney’s life, FAB is unparalleled.’ Q Magazine
‘The definitive take on an extraordinary career’ Record Collector
‘Intrigues all the way through’ The Times
‘Difficult to put down’ Mojo
About the Author
Howard Sounes is the author of several acclaimed non-fiction books including the bestselling Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan (2001), an equally well-regarded life of the cult writer Charles Bukowski, as well as the true crime classic Fred & Rose (1995). He lives in London.
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Only half way through but intrigued to see what will be revealed next.
NEGATIVES: If you've followed Macca throughout his career (as I have), and especially if you've kept all the press and magazine clippings, then you're not likely to find much here you don't know already. The reviews are disappointing in as much as the writer seems simply to agree with whatever the media said "at the time" about each album release. Consequently, old critical opinions which were often flavoured by "thumbs aloft" cliches from the "hip" music press, go unchallenged. (If anyone's superb body of work is in need of public re-assessment it's Paul McCartney's. For example, the masterpiece "Ram"). These reviews more than anything give the book a "cut and paste" feel rather than be a work of fresh insight.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Try and get a copy of "The Unknown Paul McCartney" by Ian Peel. It takes an independant look at Macca's more obscure, avant-garde works. Well worth a read.
For the people who says it tells us "nothing new" I would love to see the books they have read,because I consider myself pretty knowledgeable,and have learnt a lot from this book.
Where else would you read about behind the scenes at the press to play recording sessions due to an interview with the producer?(this is but one tiny example of the detail contained)
Details on his family life are here too - something that you don't normally get much of in a Paul biography.
I think it is well balanced - neither sycophantic,or a hatchet job.I don't understand the criticism by others re the writing style.I found it to be a total page turner.The complaints about Ringo/Ritchie etc. seem a bit churlish to me.
In short - if you are interested in Paul Mccartney,I don't see how you could fail to enjoy this book.
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