Post Script: Paul McCartney The Biography: Philip Norman

Paul McCartney The Biography

Paul McCartney/The Biography

Philip Norman

Hachette Australia

Orion Books

ISBN: 9780297870760

 

Description:

The definitive Paul McCartney biography, written with his approval by bestselling biographer Philip Norman. Since the age of twenty-one, Paul McCartney has lived one of the ultimate rock-n-roll lives played out on the most public of stages. Now, Paul’s story is told by rock music’s foremost biographer, with McCartney’s consent and access to family members and close friends who have never spoken on the record before. PAUL McCARTNEY reveals the complex character behind the façade and sheds new light on his childhood–blighted by his mother’s death but redeemed by the father who introduced him to music. This is the first definitive account of Paul’s often troubled partnership with John Lennon, his personal trauma after the Beatles’ breakup, and his subsequent struggle to get back to the top with Wings–which nearly got him murdered in Africa and brought him nine days in a Tokyo jail. Readers will learn about his marriage to Linda, including their much-criticized musical collaboration, and a moving account of her death. Packed with new information and critical insights, PAUL MCCARTNEY will be the definitive biography of a musical legend.

 

 

My View:

I am and always will be a Beatles fan – their music is timeless, ergo I am a fan of the individual members of the group and as a fan this book did not disappoint. I really knew nothing much about the band or Paul McCartney apart from the music and the headlines – until I read this mammoth book – all 800+ pages reveals more than just the headlines.

 

This is a more than just music, more than the Beatles, more than a love story, more than a story of cancer, dying and grief,  more than a shocking divorce story…. this is an epic life story, an adventure that is not yet over.

 

My favourite images ( I wish there was more of them in this biography)  p.312 titled “ Rampant Beatlemania, held in check by the tolerant British bobbies of yesteryear” and p.503 “The Apple rooftop concert, January 1969,”  classics that tell the story of a bygone era.

 

 

Post Script: The Complete Beatles Songs – Steve Turner

The Complete Beatles Songs

The Complete Beatles Songs

Steve Turner

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9780733635021

 

Description:

For the first time, every single lyric of every single Beatles song appears in one book, with the story behind its creation.

 

Who was ‘just seventeen’ and made Paul’s heart go ‘boom’? Who was ‘Lady Madonna’? Was there really an Eleanor Rigby? Why was Paul the ‘walrus’ and what inspired the lyrics to Ringo’s ‘Octopus’s Garden’?

 

The Complete Beatles Songs shatters many well-worn myths and adds a new dimension to the Fab Four’s rich legacy by investigating the events immortalised in The Beatles’ music and now occupying a special niche in popular culture’s collective imagination.

 

This beautifully packaged – and first-of-its-kind – 2015 edition has been fully revised with a complete set of printed lyrics to accompany each song. Every Beatles-penned song is discussed and the inspiration behind it is examined, including all of their studio albums and later official releases.

 

 

My View:

You got me at the word BEATLES!

 

I am a big fan of the Beatles, the minute I saw the title of this book I knew I had to have, hold and devour this book. This is a book that will get you humming away or maybe singing out loud…enjoying the music of the Beatles all over again. Full of great images, (the images are amazing!) and the words to every great song the Beatles recorded – they were all great, and the inspiration behind the songs, this book has it all. Reminisce, sing, and smile. Love the music and the era, this book will transport you to a different world.

 

So if you ever wanted to know the actual words to Michelle or Yellow Submarine or Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds….this book is for your sister, your brother, your mum, your dad…be honest this book is a gift to YOURSELF!