The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

Per­haps what the world doesn’t need is an­other Bea­tle bi­og­ra­phy, but when it landed on the SD desk this week one couldn’t help (as a card­car­ry­ing Fabs tragic) but cast at least a cur­sory glance at English author Philip Nor­man’s weighty (853 pages) new take on the life and times of Paul McCart­ney. Paul McCart­ney: The Bi­og­ra­phy, which hit stores this week, is the most ex­ten­sive study so far of the song­writ­ing crafts­man, par­tic­u­larly his post-Bea­tles ca­reer, but as Nor­man points out in the pro­logue, it came as some sur­prise to him that McCart­ney would give his ap­proval to such a tome. In 1981 Nor­man, a jour­nal­ist at The Sun­day Times in Lon­don, pub­lished Shout!, a best­selling bi­og­ra­phy of the Bea­tles that was con­sid­ered the de­fin­i­tive telling of their story at the time. Not ev­ery­one was happy with it, though, least of all McCart­ney, who came a poor sec­ond to John Len­non, mu­si­cally The Sun­day Times Mull of Kin­tyre

Paul McCart­ney

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