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4.0 out of 5 stars
Honest & literate memoir, 23 Aug. 2007
Look...to all the naysayer reviewers here and ones who wanted a gossipy account or rehash of the "conquest of America," you can find that in plenty of other books (Brown's/Gaines' "Love You Make" or Norman's "Shout!" et. al). Here, you're getting a memoir, of a life lived as a famous pop star during a tumultuous decade - - the 1960s. So you're mostly going to get what McCartney was most moved by, and influenced by, personal coverage of things those other books don't provide. His childhood influences, musical influences, artistic influences, his most important personal relationships, etc. So it is not a surprise he lets us in on things you never knew about, that most "scholars" ignore about McCartney. And so of course, the Avante Garde London scene in mid-1960's will get a lot of prominence. McCartney does so to clear up matters about everyone's perception of himself and John Lennon, and to point out how the scene influenced him in creating his songs on the Rubber Soul, Revolver and (especially) Sgt. Pepper's albums. Also, the influence of the Asher family upon his musical and artistic direction and maturation is finally explored for the first time candidly and in depth here. And I don't care if certain other reviewers here find this boring - - I found it interesting! It's quite a different take than what we usually get from the banal industry of Beatles books. He gives much weight to the creation of these albums, the songs, Apple, the breakup (Klein's negative impact implied) and early solo period (with Linda prominent). These are the most important matters of the man's life during the most important period of his overall career. Again, as honest as he can possibly be. So, in a memoir, of course that is what will be emphasized. And, yes, he does touch on other aspects (64' ed sullivan, Hamburg, Brian Epstein, etc.), but they don't take precedence over the more important matters, for McCartney's purposes. As such, though partly ghosted by Miles, "Many Years From Now" cleverly evokes good, important memories, and as a biography/social history of the era is quite good. As for Beatles fans, I say its excellent and highly recommend it!