The living embodiment of the Beatles, a musical juggernaut without parallel, Paul McCartney is undoubtedly the senior figure in pop music today. In this authoritative biography, journalist and acclaimed author Howard Sounes leaves no stone unturned in building the most accurate and extensive profile yet of music's greatest living legend.
He is one of the biggest stars that has ever existed, the only key member left from the unquestioned 'biggest band of all time'. But despite the almost unprecedented press coverage he has received throughout his lifetime, the private personality of Paul McCartney remains a source of intrigue and relative mystery to the public.
Spanning the entirety of McCartney's life from early childhood right up to the present day, Fab delves deep into the life of this remarkable and often surprising man, revealing the often dark reality behind his consistently positive, relaxed public image. For the first time, Sounes will examine in detail the lifestyle of one of the richest men on the planet, the truth behind his much publicized divorce from Heather Mills, as well as his tempestuous relationship with the other Beatles, with startling revelations.
Drawing on countless interviews, legal records and public documents, Howard Sounes' meticulous approach and brilliant powers of research reveal the real Paul McCartney, like you've never known him before.
Howard Sounes is the author of several acclaimed non-fiction books including the bestselling Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan (2001), an equally well-regarded life of the cult writer Charles Bukowski, as well as the true-crime classic Fred & Rose (1995). He lives in London.
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This is quite strong on detail for his post Beatle years. Overall, it is an excellent account of rock music's most enduring star.
I can't believe how much Paul has done in his career. The story is actually is actually quite epic in its length, but it managed to hold my interest over the 26 hours.
Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime.
As a follower of the Beatles since the 1960s I really enjoyed this biography of Paul. Howard Sounes' detailed research is impressive, and I learned a lot about Paul the man, his relationships with the other Beatles, with family and friends and with other musos. The early days centred on sex drugs and rock'n'roll which became a little tedious, but once Linda arrived on the scene the focus changed and a mature and more interesting Paul emerged. Naturally the length of the book means a lot of characters and a lot of detail, but it held my interest from start to finish. I ended up seeing Paul as a decent and caring man and liking him for the person he is rather than liking his music and admiring him as a star. At the end I had just one question - why didn't Paul learn to write music? With so much musical apptitude and talent, his life might have been easier if he'd been able to jot down music as it came to him instead of waiting for a professional to do it for him. The book is well written, and David Thorpe does a great job of narration - right voice for the job and good with accents.
If you're new to Paul McCartney, don't know much about him, this will be a very informative book. But if you've been following him for years, it's pretty much a rehash of everything else you've ever read. I didn't appreciate the author's critiques of McCartney's music. That's so subjective, and if he thought it made him seem unbiased, it didn't. I would rather have read an analysis of other professional criticism.
I just got done listening to the audiobook. This book is long which required a devotion to getting it done. If you are a big Paul McCartney fan, you will find this book is worth the listen. It's very good and gives good insight to the man and his character, some good and some not so good. The narrator did a good job of telling the story and doing imitations of Paul McCartney speaking.
I highly recommend this book.
"Thanks for the memories"
I enjoyed every minute, having met The Beatles whilst they were shopping in a Woolworth store in 1963 and spoke to Paul I have always thought he was a genuine guy. The biography certainly hasn't changed my opinion.
Thank you Howard Sounes for writing this and David Thorpe for bringing it alive.
Took a bit of getting used to as narrator didn't seem as easy on the ear as the book about john but warmed to him in the end. Couldn't understand why the author decided to refer to Ringo as Richie but then occasionally did call him Ringo so I sometimes found myself wondering who Riche was.
Overall good unbiased summary of Paul's life.
"So good and so interesting."
It's great how the author rolls through the timeline of Paul's life with such ease. And how it's not all "oh look at how great paul is".... In parts, he doesn't hold back. If paul was a bit of a dick at a certain time, he tells you.
The reader is top notch, the man with a 1000 voices. Brilliant
Even though I knew most of the stories, it's great to listen to them from start to finish in the proper order along with the views from close friends and family..................................................
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