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Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s

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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 ou
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Ballantine Books (first published September 6th 2013)
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Paul Bryant
Dec 30, 2013 Paul Bryant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beatles
For a book about a guy who is often portrayed as Mr Cheerful, this opens in depression bordering on nervous breakdown and ends with 10 days spent in jail.

So, the question, and it is an interesting one, is : what do you do when you’ve done it all before the age of 30? You’ve already made the greatest records, sold the most, you’re as famous as it’s possible to be, so now what? Well, it’s a strange story. I realised I only knew bits and pieces and this is a painless little book which tells the wh
Sep 07, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another 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 f
May 18, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing
I must state, right at the beginning, that I am an unabashed Beatles and Wings fan. This is the music with which I grew up, and there was a time in my life when I devoured every word that was written about either band, and Paul McCartney in particular. I thought I knew everything there was to know.

Except that I didn't ... and this book proves it.

McCartney speaks quite frankly to Scottish journalist Tom Doyle in this book, as do many of his former bandmates and friends. He opens up about his nerv
Valerie Penny
May 13, 2016 Valerie Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as the bassist of the Beatles. He was born in Liverpool on 18 June 1942. Paul was always my favourite Beatle. Like many young women at the time, I was sure he had made a mistake in choosing to marry Linda Eastman rather than me in 1969. I suppose 29 years together proved me wrong. So, when my sister gave me Man on the Run ...more
Jun 22, 2014 Jean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biographies
Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s, is a book written with the quiet, knowing assurance of a biographer who illuminates with great empathy.
On the other hand, this bio is terrifically exciting, so do not expect to be bored just because the author has compassion. This is a ride with is filled with action, humor, and inside knowledge!
Even if you weren't around in the 1970's, and even if you are not a "Beatles" freak or a "Macca" freak, I predict that you will be enthralled by this book.

Jan 21, 2015 LaurieH118 rated it really liked it

I'm an unabashed fan and consequently read whatever I can on Sir Paul, and yet I still learned a lot from this readable, informative book. Paul seemed to want to make it all look easy, as though it's all been a breeze, in contrast to John's "genius is pain" stance. And yet the 1970s were a painful struggle for him, and he worked very hard for all the commercial success he eventually enjoyed with Wings.

Got quite a few new insights into his relationship with Linda, including how she acted as his o
Elyse P
Jun 15, 2014 Elyse P rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

With the plethora of biographies out on Sir Paul, this one is a surprisingly insightful and entertaining read. Music journalist Tom Doyle has interviewed McCartney many times over the years and has a pretty good grasp of the man and myth. He presents a picture that neither deifies nor crucifies the legend, but gives us a particularly sensitive complete view of a man often satirized as shallow and lightweight. McCartney is neither.

Gary Anderson
Aug 24, 2014 Gary Anderson rated it it was amazing
Framed by the break-up of The Beatles in 1970 and the murder of John Lennon in 1980, Tom Doyle’s Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s is the story of Paul McCartney’s struggles with fame, music, family life, and finances as he tries to create an authentic life while shouldered with a weighty legacy. While the entire book is captivating, the surprises for me were the on-again-off-again relationships between John, Paul, George, and Ringo in the first post-Beatles decade, and Paul’s temper w ...more
Jan 24, 2016 Kinksrock rated it liked it
Interesting book about McCartney in the 70s. It was eye-opening about how bad the Beatles' break-up was and how disorganized the creation and work of the Wings was, as McCartney struggled with the idea of starting a new band while not dealing well to bandmates standing up to him ("some pigs are more equal than others"). Considering his success I expected a more uplifting read but found this somewhat of a downer.
Simon Sweetman
Aug 10, 2014 Simon Sweetman rated it it was amazing
Insightful, compassionate, illuminating - it's one of the best music-related books I've read in ages, and the best book about McCartney. A must-read for any fan.
Nov 02, 2014 Garry rated it it was ok
A sad and ultimately disappointing book.

What do you do when you are only twenty-nine and your best years are behind you? Years that saw you create and co-create the single greatest collection of rock and pop songs the world has ever seen. What do you do when you lose your musical home and then struggle to build a new one.

McCartney struggled through the 70s. He struggled in the only way he knew how -- working, working, working. He created some minor masterpieces and some major disasters. But he
Kevin A.
Jan 28, 2015 Kevin A. rated it really liked it
An interesting look at Paul McCartney in the 1970s--though really from 1969 to 1981. That is, from John Lennon's announcement to the other Beatles that he wanted "a divorce" to the aftermath of Lennon's murder.

His former collaborator still held a remarkable influence over him, and throughout the decade McCartney made overtures to Lennon, which were sometimes returned and sometimes rebuffed. His opinion still really mattered to McCartney, perhaps the only one to whom McCartney would ever defer.
I have a couple of problems with this book and one of them is me. I've just read too much about Paul McCartney. It's hard to surprise me. So while I was looking forward to reading about Paul in the 70's, thinking I haven't read enough about this time, apparently I have. So...nothing much new learned. Also, this book reads a bit like a tabloid, a bit gossipy. Who needs to know that Jojo Laine thinks she didn't get invited to the Caribbean because Linda was pregnant and didn't want Jojo looking so ...more
Aug 29, 2015 Kirk rated it really liked it
Thank you to the blogger "The new southern gentleman" for posting
about this book. I love that Denny Laine gets lots of ink and comments
about Wings. I saw him a few months back at the soon to
be closed Johnny D's. Very funny and great show.
I love Denny Laine for the early Moodies(my fav band) song "Go Now"
and for leaving the band to be replaced by Justin(Knights is my
favorite song) Hayward!!!!! I saw Sir Paul at Fenway Park a couple
of years ago....or was it Yesterday....
Jul 23, 2014 Monique rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

As a huge Beatles fan, I was thrilled to win a copy of this book and I was not disappointed! This is a great book that gives the reader insight not only in to Paul McCartney's life but also the 70's.
Scott Holstad
Aug 03, 2016 Scott Holstad rated it really liked it
Man on the Run is an interesting biography of Paul McCartney and his family during the 1970s, as well as his band, Wings (one of my favorite bands of that decade). It is a long, thorough look at the good, bad, and ugly and pulls no punches, even while it clearly sympathizes with McCartney.
The book begins with the messy breakup of the Beatles, centering around the very public feud between Paul and John, which was part of the impetus for Paul’s decision to legally file to dissolve the Beatles. How
James Hartley
Oct 24, 2016 James Hartley rated it really liked it
I´ve read this before but yesterday was a Sunday and it rained all day so I picked it off the shelves, started at the start and ended up finishing it just before midnight. I´m a Beatles freak - I´m from Liverpool so I guess it´s in the blood - and this book documents an interesting time for Paul. Of course most of his 70s songs and Wings themselves are considered a big joke by those in the know, but as a child of 1973, I grew up with Wings and the McCartney solo albums and only got into the ...more
Bruce Thomas
Nov 10, 2016 Bruce Thomas rated it liked it
Nice book about Paul McCartney's 1970's decade following breakup of the Beatles. He was pretty controlling with the various Wings band members and had some interesting tours. Really heavy weed use with young ones in the farmhouse life. Learned that John Lennon really liked Harry Nilsson's Pandemonium Shadow. Paul and family stayed in Nashville area recording in 1974 and ate breakfast often at Loveless Cafe.
Dave Mcgurgan
Oct 22, 2016 Dave Mcgurgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good look back on '70s era Macca

Based on several interviews the author did with McCartney, there's a good amount of substance here and not all conjecture. Definitely some things about Wings that I didn't know about that I learned from this book. Writing is pretty solid and kept my interest until the end. Very good for super fans. People only mildly interested in McCartney's life post Beatles in the 1970s may not find it that interesting.
Nov 27, 2016 Felicia rated it liked it
Left a whole lot to be desired, must be why it took me ages to finish.
Jon Arnold
May 05, 2014 Jon Arnold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
As a culture we tend to focus on the high points of achievement, the deeds that make a person’s reputation. We rarely reflect enough on what comes next, the fallout from those events, how people cope with the consequences. We get ‘where are they now’ articles 20-30 years later and express astonishment about what’s happened since. But if you’re interested in the people at the heart of events, rather than the abstraction of the events themselves, what happens next is always more fascinating. ...more
Eric Gilliland
Sep 24, 2014 Eric Gilliland rated it really liked it
Ever since the demise of The Beatles in 1970 much of the blame unfairly fell on Paul McCartney. Many critics championed John Lennon as the sole creative force behind the band. Tom Doyle's new book, Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s is a sympathetic account of McCartney's struggle to win respect and regain his identity as a solo artist.

Doyle's portrait of McCartney is that of a level headed person in manic pursuit of new creative challenges. After the Beatles broke up he nearly suffered
Glencoe Public Library
Paul McCartney passed through town this summer on what seems like a never ending tour playing Beatles, Wings and solo hits. Despite some battles with ill health, the septuagenarian puts on an epic show, displaying no shortage of energy. Contrast this with after he left The Beatles in 1969 and locked himself and family in a cottage in Scotland, producing the quiet, low-key McCartney and Ram albums, the covers of which reflected his new rural lifestyle. Tom Doyle's new biography Man On the Run: Pa ...more
Gabrielle Miller
Oct 03, 2016 Gabrielle Miller rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was full of details and helped me understand how McCartney works and gave insight into his creative genius. I'm a fan, but know these guys are flawed and just like everyone else except they have more money. And Doyle doesn't shy away from the negatives about McCartney. Several fun anecdotes throughout make this a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Simon Reid
This covers the period of McCartney's life and career that I had hoped Barry Miles' Many Years From Now would shed more light onto. Tom Doyle has conducted various interviews with Paul for music monthlies over the years, and has made the admirable decision to draw on these to produce the little-told story of Paul's 1970s.

However, in Doyle's hurry to progress through those years, he spends little time on the music. For instance, the writing and recording of Ram (my favourite of Paul's post-Beatle
May 11, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing
Man On The Run by Tom Doyle

With the break up of The Beatles, Paul McCartney secretly recorded his first solo album at his home in High Park, a getaway located in an unprepared wilderness inhabited by horses and gardens. This calming environment allowed for the music to become a type of therapy for the constant court battles and turmoil that remained in his life. With encouragement from family, the songwriting slowly returned as his depression began to alleviate. The creativity of this first outi
Dec 04, 2014 Nosmo rated it really liked it
I went into this book with a degree of animosity towards McCartney - I was never a huge fan of Wings and I felt that some of his more playful dalliances cheapened his musical legacy somewhat. But after hearing a great interview with Tom Doyle about the book and his relationship with McCartney I felt obliged to pick it up and boy am I glad I did. Ultimately I left with a vastly increased sense of respect for the man himself and I even ended up with a (slightly begrudging) appreciation for his ...more
Jun 30, 2014 Gary rated it it was amazing
Although I’ve always found the 70s to be the most interesting–if not consistently creative–period in Paul McCartney’s history, I had to wonder what more there is to say about his breakup with the other Beatles, and his struggles to find peace and eventually put a post-Fab band together. Still, I was pleased to learn that Man on the Run would cover only the decade immediately following the collapse of the Beatles. Yes, much of it has been told before, but not with this detail. There’s also plenty ...more
Jan 17, 2016 Kristine rated it liked it
Man on the Run by Tom Doyle is a free Goodreads FirstReads advance reader copy of a paperback book that I began reading in mid-July while waiting before a doctor's appointment. I chose to ask for this book because I am a big Beatles fan, but Paul's life between the end of the Beatles to the present day is a little bit cloudy amid the shiny peaks of success, awards, wives, children, and accomplishments. Hopefully, this book could shine a light on all that.

After a considerable introduction where T
Oct 24, 2016 Ralphz rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, recommend
Right off the bat, you'll have to be a big McCartney/Wings fan to care, but if you do, this is a fascinating book of post-Beatle hangover.

You start at the moment the Beatles call it quits, and it ends as Wings calls it quits a decade later. In between, Paul McCartney is devastated by doubt, derailed by drug arrests, subjected to infighting and devastated again by John Lennon's murder.

Some great music came from McCartney during this era, such as My Love, Listen to What The Man Said, Uncle Albert/
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