Conversations with McCartney

Conversations with McCartney

by Paul Du Noyer


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For over thirty-five years, noted music writer Paul Du Noyer had unprecedented access to Paul McCartney and has spent more hours in formal, recorded conversation with McCartney than any other writer.Conversations with McCartney is the result of Du Noyer’s long association with McCartney and his music. In the most comprehensive firsthand account of McCartney ever published, Du Noyer presents an honest, humorous, and unique perspective of the former Beatle: “Until Paul McCartney writes his own memoir . . . Paul Du Noyer has set the bar and you won’t need any other volume on your shelf” (London Weekly News).Coupling McCartney’s candid thoughts with Du Noyer’s observations and analysis, Conversations with McCartney is beautifully written—the sensitive, shrewd depiction of one of the most accomplished artists of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468315684
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 288,701
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Paul Du Noyer

is a top music journalist with more than 30 years’ experience writing about the subject. His interviewees range from Madonna to Pavarotti, David Bowie to Mick
Jagger and nearly everyone with a strong connection to The Beatles, not least
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. He began his career on the staff of Britain’s legendary music weekly paper NME, and later joined Q magazine and became its editor. Du Noyer also launched MOJO as its founding editor, for which the British Society of Magazine Editors awarded him the title “Editor of the

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1

1 Things He Said Today 3

2 Rocker with a Lolly Ice 13

3 How to Become a Beatle 26

4 The Toppermost 43

5 It Started to Be Art 57

6 My Dark Hour 73

7 Rage Against the Machine 82

8 The Astronaut and the Moon 91

9 Starting From Scratch 100

10 Soaring 108

11 Wings Folded 117

12 Of Frogs and Firemen 127

13 That's a Great Idea, Eddie! 138

14 British Light Music 148

15 John 158

Part 2

16 Unfinished Business 171

17 Apollo C. Vermouth 185

18 A Pot of Gold 196

19 This Magic Experiment 206

20 Beyond the Smile 217

21 Living is Easy with Nice Clothes 230

22 Heaven and Earth 237

23 Punks and Rivals 249

24 If I Were Not Upon the Stage 255

25 Another Wide Prairie 266

26 More Cowbell 275

27 Do It Now 286

28 Fallibility 292

29 Linda 305

30 Love 319

Finale: Fifty Favourites 326

Acknowledgements 337

Index 339

List of Illustrations 351

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