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For psychofans only,
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This review is from: Paul McCartney: I Saw Him Standing There (Hardcover)This book isn't as much about Paul McCartney as it is about Paul McCartney fans. The author herself is a starry-eyed fan. The text consists mainly of other fans relating their experiences at McCartney concerts. You'll hear of the fans that quit their jobs in order to attend. You'll hear of the ones that reach out to grab, pat, or hug McCartney, and you'll understand why some stars hate stardom. You'll hear of those who snuck up to the floor of his hotel room, only to turn back because they knew "how Paul values his privacy" (unlike all those other big stars).
In short, it's a book by and for wackos. Harmless wackos, to be sure, but wackos nonetheless. There's nothing wrong with that, but just don't expect to learn very much about Paul McCartney from this book.
Oh sure, they'll tell you what a terrific guy he is (they also quote some of the most boringly banal interviews anyone has ever given--why??). I suspect, however, that if Paul ever acted like a jerk, you wouldn't read about it here.
Finally, there are the photographs. Most of them are from a relatively few number of concerts. But every one is captioned to let us know what song Paul was playing, where he was playing it, and when. And the author is pathetically particular about when and where Paul actually looks at her. After the first five or six shots of Paul with Hofner, Paul with Hamish, Paul alone, Paul sweating, etc., etc., etc., they start to blend into each other.
So don't buy this book if you're curious to know more about Paul McCartney. Buy it if you already know pretty much everything there is to know about him, but still can't get enough.