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Band on the Run: A History of Paul McCartney and Wings Paperback – March 11, 2003
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Band On The Run successfully strives to present an accurate portrait of Paul McCartney, the Wings band, and their musical contirbution to popular culture in the twentieth century. (Bookwatch)
McGee's done his homework, and he has a vast, amazing array of memorabilia... A fun look at a talented (but not always loved) musician. (Joseph Kyle Mundane Sounds)
Top Customer Reviews
I found this book very even-handed in its approach. No whitewashes or hatchet jobs. It even tells the stories of the recordings of some of McCartney's and Wings' lesser works, "Ram" and "Red Rose Speedway," two albums rarely discussed in other books.
The book offers a list of every Wings concert, as well as the set lists from their tours.
As of now, this is the best Wings bio out there, and is worthy of any McCartney fan's time.
Wrong dates given as to when sessions took place (Ram, RRS, McGear, etc...)
Songs being released when they haven't (Robber's Ball)
Songs being listed as recorded from one time frame when they were either recorded years earlier or later (When The Wind Is Blowing, Seaside Woman)
McCullough and Seiwell recording with Denny Laine in 1980 (sorry, didn't happen)
The interview as being described 'real' from 1976 where the reporter was asleep was actually from Australia 1975 and the reporter is a local hero called Norman Gunston who 'pulls pranks' on celebs even though the Mac's were aware of it. So in other words, that whole interview was staged.
I think the biggest crime of this book was to re-tell stories from one JoJo Laine (the 1975 housekeeper Rose story, Jimmy contemplating murdering the Macs, etc...) that she initially told to Geoffrey Giuliano. Come on, every knows JoJo can be trusted about as far as you can throw her and those stories are the work of Geoffrey and JoJo wanting to dump crap on the McCartney's legacy.
About the only thing this book is usefull for are the quotes from Paul, Linda & Wings collected from various magazines over the past 30 + years.
Nothing new isn't reported that hasn't already been told in previous books on Macca. He even missed a golden oppurtunity while speaking with Henry McCullough in 2002 about asking him to comment on the original Band On The Run rehearsal tapes from the Summer of '73 that Henry has kept all these years.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read.......not as thorough as others but still enjoyable. Great to see some much deserved attention given to the Wings era.Published 3 months ago by Lemoncel
This book is simply and engagingly written. You learn of McCartney's desire to be in a post Beatles band, and his determination to have his wife Linda learn piano so that she can... Read morePublished on May 21, 2010 by Dr. Marc Axelrod
I was very disappointed with this book. I love the Beatles and I always enjoy reading about how musicians band together to make music. Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by Mr. Raymond Depta
This book really provides an overview of Wings' career. But it feels to me a little disjointed, like it is really just a lot of anecdotes and stories cobbled together from other... Read morePublished on August 3, 2005 by Richard
Little did I know that when Garry and I attended a Wings concert in college that he was composing this book in his head. Read morePublished on June 27, 2003 by annette