An authoritative account of the little known of side of Paul McCartney and a fascinating study of his extra curricular activities which are known of to only the most avid Beatles collector.Its also where a knowledge of other musics comes in handy as names like John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen are not really household ones. Lennon has usually been seen as the avant gardist because of Revolution No 9 and the Zapple records but it would seem McCartney had his own ideas long before. Not even that many Beatles fans are going to "get it"-and some of this music is not easy to find as the Fireman and the Liverpool Sound Collage are deleted with Twin Freaks only available on CD from Russia! More available to the masses is Qui est la Soleil-a track on Flowers in the Dirt-to show what the Fireman things sounded like But really you only have to think of Beatles ideas which were translated by George Martin-himself no stranger to the weird end of music when he cut a single under the name of Ray Cathode the same year as Love me do. In the field of the avant garde and ambience its McCartney who was able to make it work in ways Lennon could never have done.
It seems that while conquering the pop charts, first as a member of the Beatles, then with Wings, Paul McCartney has led a bizarre double life. This book reveals how the man who wrote "Hey Jude" and "Silly Love Songs" has also recorded bizarre sound collages, mixed guitar feedback with chainsaws, and become perhaps the only musician of his generation to have an underground ambient/techno/dance hit. While touching on McCartney's avant-garde musical roots with John Cage and Stockhausen, you are also taken on a journey through the genesis of what we know today as House, Trance, Ambient and other dance sub-genres. With interviews from many of the people who worked with Paul in his experimental recordings, we get a sense of the interest and growth of a style of music that only rarely pokes its collective head into the mainstream. Indeed, at times the focus seems to drift from McCartney entirely, but it serves to show that his interests in music outside what he's usually known for are deep and far-reaching. If you think you know Paul McCartney and his music, this book may surprise or even shock you. It helps to fully round out the image of a composer who may yet emerge as one of the seminal figures in 20th century music, even beyond his work with his three buddies. As such, this book needs to be on the shelf of every serious McCartneyphile.