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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch; 1 edition (October 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821227939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821227930
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A companion to the CD and ABC documentary of the same name, Wingspan: Paul McCartney's Band on the Run is a photographic tribute to the ex-Beatle's 1970s band Wings, which also included the late Linda McCartney. The lush color and b&w photographs show the band on the road and in the studio, with plenty of shots of Paul and Linda working together, making eyes at each other and frolicking en famille. The pictures are interspersed with copious quotes from Paul. "My fridge had half a bottle of sour milk and a bit of dried cheese. Linda took the mickey out of me for that. The house was a bit of a tip, really, just a place to sleep, but when she arrived it became a place to live in."
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Paul McCartney was born in 1942in Liverpool, England. He createda monumental legacy through his involvement with the Beatles and Wings; today he continues to compose and perform rock and classical music.

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Customer Reviews

I already have some favorite photos, such as the one of young Heather at a recording session for Wings Wild Life playing a Fender Jazz Bass.
R. Lavallee
I think with the idea of the Archive sets in mind he decided to keep this book simple, and leave some more of the rare stuff for the box sets, I am not sure.
The Ominous Drone
Overall, one cannot help but admire the bravely carefree attitude with which Paul formed this new band and made some spotty but often good music.
kennedy19

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R. Lavallee on September 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is literally like looking through Paul & Linda McCartney's personal photo album of their lives throughout the 1970's! The photographs, many of which have never been seen by the public before are breathtaking for any McCartney or Wings fan! I already have some favorite photos, such as the one of young Heather at a recording session for Wings Wild Life playing a Fender Jazz Bass. There is also a rare shot of Ringo Starr holding Paul's Rickenbacker bass on stage with Wings in Los Angeles in 1976. Another great photo shows Paul in the foreground while Linda sits in the background holding Paul's bass for him (bass sitting?). And one of the most amazing shots to me is one of Paul at the Grand Ole Opry in downtown Nashville. He is posing for the camera, complete with sunglasses and straw cowboy hat, looking like any other curious tourist to the few passers-by on the street that day! Little did they know that he's really one of the most famous people on the planet!
I have described just four photos in a book that is completely packed with photographs from the front fold-out cover to the back fold-out over with captions, commentary and reminising by Paul McCartney! This book is, quite simply, an amazing collection and a definite must have for all who love the music and legacy of Paul, Linda and Wings. If you haven't already bought it or ordered it here, Christmas is coming soon so make sure you put it on your wish list!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Wallace on January 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
As a second generation Beatles fan, I truly loved Wings. It's a shame so little has been written about Paul and his band....until now. While I do wish more details would emerge about Paul's relationship with Denny Laine and Jimmy McCullough, I am grateful for Wingspan (DVD and book). If Linda had lived to help with this project, I believe she would have felt free to recollect both good and not so good times on the road. Because the Beatles legacy is so huge, I feel not enough respect and appreciation is given to Wings' legacy, not even by Paul himself! Perhaps in time, we'll learn more. For now, Wingspan is the best tribute yet.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kennedy19 on December 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Wingspan" is a glossy book of photos for fans, combined with some scraps of comment by McCartney (interviewed, it should be noted, by his own daughter Mary.) It's good to finally get some information about Paul's Wings years. This is obviously Paul making his own case, though he is certainly honest about matters such as his frustration with the band's ever-changing lineup, as well as his 1980 arrest for pot in Japan. Overall, one cannot help but admire the bravely carefree attitude with which Paul formed this new band and made some spotty but often good music. Above all this book is meant to be a tribute to Linda McCartney, a defense of her role in the band, and an inspirational look at how a family man can combine work and play. Personally I would have liked to see more in-depth interviewing by someone more impartial, as well as interviews with other band members, most especially Denny Laine who stayed with Wings through the entire decade but is given rather short text shrift here. But then, I'm grateful for what we get. As Paul comments, Wings wasn't rocket science, it was just making music, and this is a fun, breezy book about a fun band.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Wingspan is an oversized pictorial history of Paul McCartney & Wings. The book starts off with some photos of the Paul & Linda's early days together in the late 60's all the way through 1980 and the end of Wings. Mr. McCartney provides the commentary that is sprinkled in between the photos. It is not the most enlightening stuff, but it comes across like Mr. McCartney himself, light, breezy and affable. The pictures are another matter. They provide a deep look into the McCartney's personal life, the band's rehearsals, tours and recording sessions. The book is presented beautifully and the end includes a discography and photos of all the group's album covers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Slokes VINE VOICE on May 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
One of the biggest rock groups of the 1970s, which is another way of saying one of the biggest rock groups of all time, Wings suffered ridiculously for the sin of having emerged from the ruins of the Beatles. "Wingspan" is an attempt at perspective by the group's former leader, Paul McCartney, which only partially succeeds on its own terms - less so, in fact, than Wings itself.

Taken from the narrative of the video documentary of the same name that came out a little earlier, 2002's "Wingspan" benefits from a generous assortment of photographs, some 150 of them, many by Paul's late wife and Wings keyboardist Linda McCartney. "Wingspan" the book doesn't quite boil Wings down to exclusively Paul and Linda the way the documentary did, where the person asking the questions was their daughter. There's some attention paid here to the other Wings, just not enough.

Of Henry McCullough, the first lead guitarist, we learn his brother in Northern Ireland got beat up over the Wings' song "Give Ireland Back To The Irish." How Henry reacted is something Paul doesn't report on.

Henry's Scottish replacement, Jimmy McCulloch, was a "whizzkid", one of McCartney's favorite sidemen, on stage anyway, but "had an attitude", which McCartney doesn't do much to explain. McCulloch didn't live long after leaving Wings, and Paul alludes to drug issues without going into any detail.

Geoff Britton only hung around long enough to lay down some incredible drum fills on the single "Junior's Farm", then skedaddled: "I don't really remember why now," Paul says, "except that perhaps he didn't quite fit.
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