Many Years from Now
During the past year Paul McCartney has been in the public's eye more than at any time since the peak of Beatlemania over thirty years ago. His fans have been treated to the best-selling Flaming Pie and Standing Stone albums, a full hour of Paul on "Oprah," and this thoughtful and comprehensive biography that brings us closer to the man than ever before. Based on hundreds...more
I personally love reading about the claims that John Lennon wrote Paul songs such as Eleanor Rigby (despite all evidence to the contrary). Paul was...more
One thing the world isn't short of : unnecessary Beatle books.
I didn't even want to read th...more
The story begins with Paul's parents, Jim and Mary McCartney. The book follows Paul's boyhood. Between the narrative sections, Paul adds comments of details, in his own words. I know the history of each of the Beatles pretty well, but I must say I learned some interesting things. I didn't know Paul was a Boy Scout for a time. The book follows the Beatles story, from Paul meeting John, forward. One can tell by Paul's comments that John and he were as close as brothers.
Basically the book is trying to set the record straight on Paul and how he was the original avant garde Beatle being a swinging single in 60's London going to plays, performances, traveling, enjoying the night life of the city, hanging with artists, poets, other musicians ( lik...more
It's also, frankly, a bit funny to read about how mundane the life of a "superstar" can be. Mick Avory has commented that McCartney was "the most competitive bastard I've ever met" in...more
This is as close to an authorised, official book on McCartney as there has been. Barry Miles has remained a friend of Paul since they met in the 60s, and there are frequent passages from Paul himself - direct quotes reflecting on and adding unique detail to the events described.
Paul casting about his memory and blurting out some peculiar tangential thought adds a conversational feel, and this always pleasantly offsets Miles' fine, informative prose. It's often to comic effect, as in the afterwor...more
Many Years from Now is a terrific example of a really great method in pseudo-autobiography: the author was a contemporary of the subject and so able to offer context from his own experience. It's an interesting give-and-take which employs McCartney interviews from way-back-when, Mill's recollection (if relevant) or interpretation, and McCartney's follow-up--almost like a long conversation (about an EXTREMELY interesting subject).
Detailed but not ponderous, this is easily the best band biopic/bi...more
Thsi book examines Paul's life and his art in a very honest and complete way. A must read for any Beatles fan and for ALL Paul fans.
Five Stars, because it's the beatles, and i literally eat the whole book.
Tá certo que ele puxa um pouco a brasa pra sardinha dele, mas é foda. E, ainda assim, o autor Barry Miles (que era amigo e convivia com os Beatles nos 60's) mandou bem na pesquisa a ponto de todos os fatos "polêmicos" serem acompanhados de versões diferentes.
Mas, pra mim, o melhor é o Paul contando detalhes de quase todas as composíções....more
It's great to get his insight into writing a lot of Beatles classics. The book glosses over the Wings years though, which is odd because he was only in The Beatles for such a short period of his life.