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McCartney: Yesterday and Today
by Ray Coleman
Focusing on "Yesterday" and the era in which it was created, author Ray Coleman--who was close to the Beatles' story from the very beginning--draws a fresh new portrait of McCartney, then and now. In candid interviews, McCartney discusses his rich, often mercurial relationship with John Lennon, as well as a wide range of other subjects. Coleman has also written authorized ...more
Hardcover, 194 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Dove Books
(first published September 1996)
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I’m astounded it took me so long to complete such a brief book, even more brief because of the large type face. It’s always difficult to find time to read before Christmas and this was nearly entirely completed during breaks at work. This is a sort of frivolous book if you ask me, not much insight into the man – Paul McCartney really rather more an exercise by the author to showcase his collection of trivial knowledge of the Beatles. The book is all about the song ‘Yesterday’, where it was writt ...more
This book has a very strange combination of topics. It is primarily about the song "Yesterday," the writing of the song and its history. However, this book is also part musical history, biography, and tale of how Paul McCartney and John Lennon lost the rights to their songs. It discusses McCartney's relationship with many people, including Lennon, Brian Epstein, George Martin, and Michael Jackson.
One of the better Beatle biographies. One thing I like about this one is the author's discussion of the idea that many of Paul's famous songs are (largely subconsciously) about his mother (who died when he was fourteen). Paul apparently thought that he was right. Not just the obvious "Let It Be" but also "And I Love Her" and "Yesterday" and more were allusions or even responses to this loss.