By Tom Doyle
An illuminating examine the main tumultuous decade within the lifetime of a rock icon—the purely McCartney biography in many years in line with firsthand interviews with the ex-Beatle himself.
because the Nineteen Seventies started, the Beatles ended, leaving Paul McCartney to stand the recent decade with simply his spouse Linda by means of his facet. Holed up at his farmhouse in Scotland, he sank right into a deep melancholy. To outsiders, McCartney looked like a guy adrift—intimidated via his personal popularity, paralyzed via the alternatives that lay prior to him, become independent from from his musical moorings. yet what the sorrowful finale of a wonderful profession was once only the start of a impressive moment act.
The manufactured from an extended sequence of one-on-one interviews among McCartney and Scottish rock journalist Tom Doyle, Man at the Run chronicles Paul McCartney’s decadelong attempt to flee the shadow of his earlier, outrace his critics, and defy the expectancies of his lovers. From the sour and painful breakup of the Beatles to the sobering serious warning call of John Lennon’s homicide, this can be a deeply revealing examine a occasionally scary, frequently exhilarating interval within the lifetime of the world’s most renowned rock star.
Sensing that he had nowhere to head yet up, Paul McCartney all started over from scratch. With emotional—and musical—backing from Linda, he published eccentric solo albums and launched into a nomadic hippie way of life. He shaped a brand new band, Wings, which first took flight on a ramshackle journey of British college cities and at last back Paul to the summit of enviornment rock superstardom.
In Man at the Run, Doyle follows McCartney contained in the recording classes for Wings’ vintage album Band at the Run—and offers context for the various baffling misfires in his discography. Doyle tracks the dizzying highs and exasperating lows of a lifestyles lived within the public highlight: the richly over the top international excursions, the japanese drug bust that just about ended McCartney’s profession, his sour public feuds along with his erstwhile Beatle bandmates, and the aftermath of an notorious drug-and-alcohol-fueled jam consultation the place McCartney helped reconcile the estranged John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
For Paul McCartney, the Nineteen Seventies have been a wild experience with a few darkish turns. Set opposed to the backdrop of a turbulent decade, Man at the Run casts the “sunny Beatle” in a completely new light.
Praise for guy at the Run
““Tom Doyle’s distinctive chronicle, inclusive of infrequent interviews with McCartney and previous Wings contributors, portrays a band that was once way more contentious than eager-to-please hits like 1976’s ‘Let ’Em In’ had us think, fronted by means of a legend who desired to be either boss and blood brother. The e-book is larded with stories of Seventies rock-star extra, Paul and Linda’s love of weed, docked paychecks, and grousing musicians.”—Rolling Stone
“Well-researched yet nonetheless breezy and fascinating, the e-book deals a finished travel of the shaggy, bleary-eyed decade while the hardest-working ex-Beatle reached the zenith of his artistic and advertisement luck. . . . Man at the Run makes a great contribution to the burgeoning literature dedicated to McCartney’s post-Beatles career.”—The Boston Globe
“In the Seventies, a depressed, heavy-drinking Paul McCartney walked clear of The Beatles and reinvented himself because the chief of one other hitmaking rock ’n’ roll band. a brand new booklet via longtime Q journal contributing editor Tom Doyle approximately that turbulent interval within the mythical rock star’s lifestyles, Man at the Run, catches him in mid-flight.”—Billboard