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Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s [Kindle Edition]

Tom Doyle
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Book Description

An illuminating look at the most tumultuous decade in the life of a rock icon—the only McCartney biography in decades based on firsthand interviews with the ex-Beatle himself.
 
As the 1970s began, the Beatles ended, leaving Paul McCartney to face the new decade with only his wife Linda by his side. Holed up at his farmhouse in Scotland, he sank into a deep depression. To outsiders, McCartney seemed like a man adrift—intimidated by his own fame, paralyzed by the choices that lay before him, cut loose from his musical moorings. But what appeared to be the sad finale of a glorious career was just the start of a remarkable second act.
 
The product of a long series of one-on-one interviews between McCartney and Scottish rock journalist Tom Doyle, Man on the Run chronicles Paul McCartney’s decadelong effort to escape the shadow of his past, outrace his critics, and defy the expectations of his fans. From the bitter and painful breakup of the Beatles to the sobering wake-up call of John Lennon’s murder, this is a deeply revealing look at a sometimes frightening, often exhilarating period in the life of the world’s most famous rock star.
 
Sensing that he had nowhere to go but up, Paul McCartney started over from scratch. With emotional—and musical—backing from Linda, he released eccentric solo albums and embarked on a nomadic hippie lifestyle. He formed a new band, Wings, which first took flight on a ramshackle tour of British university towns and eventually returned Paul to the summit of arena rock superstardom.
 
In Man on the Run, Doyle follows McCartney inside the recording sessions for Wings’ classic album Band on the Run—and provides context for some of the baffling misfires in his discography. Doyle tracks the dizzying highs and exasperating lows of a life lived in the public spotlight: the richly excessive world tours, the Japanese drug bust that nearly ended McCartney’s career, his bitter public feuds with his erstwhile Beatle bandmates, and the aftermath of an infamous drug-and-alcohol-fueled jam session where McCartney helped reconcile the estranged John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
 
For Paul McCartney, the 1970s were a wild ride with some dark turns. Set against the backdrop of a turbulent decade, Man on the Run casts the “sunny Beatle” in an entirely new light.

Praise for Man on the Run
 
““Tom Doyle’s detailed chronicle, which includes rare interviews with McCartney and former Wings members, portrays a band that was far more contentious than eager-to-please hits like 1976’s ‘Let ’Em In’ had us believe, fronted by a legend who wanted to be both boss and buddy. The book is larded with tales of Seventies rock-star excess, Paul and Linda’s love of weed, docked paychecks, and grousing musicians.”Rolling Stone
 
“Well-researched but still breezy and engaging, the book offers a comprehensive tour of the shaggy, bleary-eyed decade when the hardest-working ex-Beatle reached the zenith of his creative and commercial success. . . . Man on the Run makes an excellent contribution to the burgeoning literature devoted to McCartney’s post-Beatles career.”The Boston Globe
 
“In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock ’n’ roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period in the legendary rock star’s life, Man on the Run, catches him in mid-flight.”Billboard


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“Tom Doyle’s detailed chronicle, which includes rare interviews with McCartney and former Wings members, portrays a band that was far more contentious than eager-to-please hits like 1976’s ‘Let ’Em In’ had us believe, fronted by a legend who wanted to be both boss and buddy. The book is larded with tales of Seventies rock-star excess, Paul and Linda’s love of weed, docked paychecks, and grousing musicians.”Rolling Stone
 
“Well-researched but still breezy and engaging, the book offers a comprehensive tour of the shaggy, bleary-eyed decade when the hardest-working ex-Beatle reached the zenith of his creative and commercial success. . . . Man on the Run makes an excellent contribution to the burgeoning literature devoted to McCartney’s post-Beatles career.”The Boston Globe
 
“In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock ’n’ roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period in the legendary rock star’s life, Man on the Run, catches him in mid-flight.”Billboard
 
Man on the Run is a must for any rock fan. Doyle strips away the larger-than-life figure and examines the real McCartney: the musician, the father, the husband, fighting off a nervous breakdown, trying to navigate his way through a tumultuous decade.”The Boston Herald
 
“Doyle has added a valuable entry into the Beatles Bookshelf.”Houston Press
 
“Doyle digs deeply into Mr. McCartney’s life and career, doing fans a great service as he unearths details even the most obsessive among them likely did not know.”The East Hampton Star
 
“A compelling read for both casual and well-versed fans.”The Morton Report
 
“[An] engaging, accessible, and well-written telling of rock and roll's ultimate comeback tale.”Library Journal
 
“Compulsively readable . . . Accomplished rock journalist Doyle presents a solid, detailed, and, above all, honest reappraisal of McCartney’s work.”Publishers Weekly

“Tom Doyle’s Man on the Run is a riveting dispatch from the seventies. Paul McCartney’s story is told with clever pacing, unflinching honesty, and a gripping narrative drive that benefits from his intimate participation via interviews and support. This is simply one of the best rock biographies anyone has written.”—Stephen Davis, bestselling author of Hammer of the Gods and Watch You Bleed
 
“Having attended the historic Wings over America concert at the Kingdome in Seattle back in 1976, I’ve been a major Paul McCartney fan seemingly forever and a day. And by virtue of that, I figured I had pretty much learned all there was to know about Sir Paul and his colossal career. Oh, how wrong I was! Man on the Run is simply brimming with enough fascinating facts and expertly rendered anecdotes to make even the most ardent McCartney follower do an abrupt about-face. Maybe I’m amazed? You better believe it.”—Kent Hartman, music industry executive and bestselling author of The Wrecking Crew
 
“[Man On The Run] answers the question: What happens when you can do anything you like but nothing will ever be good enough? Doyle makes sense of a stoned shaggy dog story that has none of the narrative neatness of the Beatles’ rise and fall.”The Guardian (U.K.), “Music Books of the Year”
 
“[Doyle] offers a level-headed and admirably nonjudgmental portrait of a turbulent ten years, punctuated by great music, creative misfires and frequent run-ins with the law.”Sunday Express (U.K.)
 
“Starting with the painful disintegration of the Beatles, Doyle examines the next decade in McCartney’s unimaginably odd existence. . . . Most compelling is the book’s portrait of a man in a position that doesn’t come with a guidebook, playing it by ear.”Q Magazine (U.K.)
 
“The go-to guy if you want to coax confessions from a superstar, Doyle writes without agenda.”Mojo (U.K.)

About the Author

Tom Doyle is an acclaimed music journalist, author, and long-standing contributing editor to Q. His work has also appeared in Mojo, The Guardian, Marie Claire, Elle, The Times, and Sound on Sound. Over the years, he has profiled Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Kate Bush, Elton John, R.E.M., and U2, among many others. He is the author of The Glamour Chase: The Maverick Life of Billy MacKenzie, which has attained the status of a classic rock biography since its original publication. He lives in London, England.

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  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HKVHY8I
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Man on the Run September 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
In the same way as, after the breakup of the Beatles, Paul McCartney turned away from performing any songs from that era; after the demise of Wings, he often seemed reluctant to discuss his post-Beatles band until recently. In this book, author Tom Doyle, takes an in-depth look at this period - from the first solo album, through to the Japanese drug bust and the murder of John Lennon, which effectively caused the end of Wings.

The book begins with the messy Beatles breakup, including the public feud with Lennon and Paul's decision to legally file to dissolve the Beatles. The legal ramifications led to financial problems, much soul searching over his decision and, if not a total breakdown, certainly depression and a loss of confidence in his abilities. It also led to the birth of Wings. It had been an idea Paul had touted within the Beatles - to go on the road and play small gigs again. Unable to get his former bandmates to agree (probably sensibly), Paul decided to form a new band and do it himself. Of course, one (if not THE) most contentious issue was Linda joining the band, but one thing that does stand out in this book is that, for all the troubles Paul faced during the decade of the 1970's, his problems were not marital ones. While John and Yoko seperated, and George and Ringo both got divorced, Paul and Linda were solidly a couple throughout their marriage - no rumour of any breakup or possibility of divorce, or even affairs, being mentioned. Linda seemed determined to keep temptation from Paul's door - banning other Wings members from bringing wives and girlfriends along; but Linda was in the band because Paul wanted her and he appreciated her commitment, when he knew she would rather be at home with the kids.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Junior McCartney fan June 9, 2014
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Like many here, I've loved the Beatles my whole life - however, I'm younger than many, having been born actually after the Beatles broke up. Consequently I must rely more on published/written accounts of things that happened, rather than relying on my own memory or contemporaneous discussions with friends and family members.

My interest in McCartney in particular began in earnest after seeing him play live a few times in the recent past, and buying very nearly all of his solo albums, a job in itself. Which piqued my curiosity - exactly how *does* a man get into the Guinness Book of Records for being among the most beloved recording artists of all time? So I began reading what I could get my hands on in actual interviews with the man, as opposed to descriptions of his career penned by others.

I always felt Sir Paul got a bad rap for his reaction to the Lennon murder and it's actually painful to read about this in detail - the world lost so much on that day in 1980. As much fun as the rest of the book was to read - drug busts, details about early Wings tours, Paul's relationship with Linda, etc - I confess that I'm left wanting more more more - how exactly did Michael Jackson gain possession of the Beatles' publishing rights? This is a narrative, not an autobiography, but failing that ever being published this is very nearly as good as it gets.

Of course, most of the book is and was intended to be told from the perspective of the Gilded One - it's interesting to hear his reasoning behind the multiple lawsuits that ended the most beloved band of all time. Yoko didn't break up the Beatles, Alan Klein did, and I feel this part of the story often gets short shrift in the popular consciousness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Well-Research Macca Addition June 19, 2014
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I've been a hardcore Beatle and solo fan/collector since forever and was actively following every solo move from each ex-Beatle through the 70s, picking up rare releases, singles, bootlegs etc. So my knowledge base coming to a book like this is substantial.

Yet I found many new nuggets of information, as well as really enjoyed the way Doyle composed a compelling narrative using old and new interviews, youtube clips, and good old fashioned research. I'm a huge fan of the masterpiece Ram, much of Red Rose, Venus and Mars, and I like many of the "throwaways" often derided that I find charming, such as cuts from Wild Life, the first McCartney album, "Seaside Woman," etc.

I got to relive much of this in this fun history, along with learning more about the difficulties in Paul's post-Beatle career, such as fights with Wings band members, pot arrests, and the like.

A must-read for any Macca fan!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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“Man on the Run” sheds some light on a portion of Paul McCartney’s life that, while I’ve heard much of the music from, I really didn’t actually know much about (at least, not to the extent of what I know about the Beatles years). Wings grew to become quite successful from about 1972 to 1976, but surprisingly to me, this was an extremely up and down, tumultuous time in McCartney’s life – I had no idea just how depressed he was after the breakup of the Beatles, and his desire to reinvent himself early-on by playing lots of impromptu, low-key gigs all over the UK. It seems inconceivable today (what with his megabucks tours) that he was having liquidity troubles due to the freezing of Beatles accounts until their management issues could be worked out, and that someone as upbeat as he seems to be was capable of an occasional outburst. One thing I would’ve appreciated a bit more was delving into the actual recording of some of these early solo/Wings albums (they kinda just ‘appear’ in the narrative, and then the band is out on the road; there was some good info on the recording of “Band on the Run” in Lagos, Nigeria, though but that has already been well-told elsewhere). Wings is probably overdue for a critical reassessment as several of their albums were pilloried in the critical rock press at the time of release and in intervening years, but in retrospect, there is some solid work there (especially the “Band on the Run” and “Venus and Mars” albums), and some very capable players passed thru the band/McCartney’s circle (Denny’s Laine & Seiwell, Jimmy McCulloch and Henry McCullough, etc), and added to the music. I was unaware of the circumstances of Jimmy McCulloch’s falling out with Paul (and his premature death in 1979). You might also find it surprising how much contact Paul had with John Lennon during this period - I had assumed it was minimal. For sure, it was a decade that was decidedly up and down.
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Big McCartney fan and learned a lot of stuff that I didn't know. Very enjoyable book
Published 1 day ago by Susan Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars The TRUE KING of POP MUSIC!!
This book contains so much information that I wasn't aware of, answered so many questions, that I was very impressed by it. Read more
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Published 7 days ago by Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Great insight to a very complex genius! What made this book different from the others is the detailed relationship between Paul and John and how complicated they both were.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 'll come back to the book when l have run out of the great
Slow, l,'ll come back to the book when l have run out of the great books
Published 25 days ago by patricia l.bowen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting!
Published 1 month ago by philip
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite Beatle. I have been a devoted fan since ...
Paul, as with many young girls, was, and still is, my favorite Beatle. I have been a devoted fan since 1964. Get this book!
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Loyd
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Uneventful
Published 1 month ago by Perry Ciccotelli
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent biography of a great musician
I've been a fan of Paul's since his Beatles days, and I thought I knew him well, but I learned a lot of new things about him and his band Wings during their 70s heyday. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andy Hoskinson
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