By Tom Doyle
An illuminating examine the main tumultuous decade within the lifetime of a rock icon—the in simple terms McCartney biography in many years in line with firsthand interviews with the ex-Beatle himself.
because the Nineteen Seventies started, the Beatles ended, leaving Paul McCartney to stand the recent decade with purely his spouse Linda by way of his part. Holed up at his farmhouse in Scotland, he sank right into a deep melancholy. To outsiders, McCartney gave the look of a guy adrift—intimidated by way of his personal popularity, paralyzed by way of the alternatives that lay earlier than him, become independent from from his musical moorings. yet what the sorrowful finale of a wonderful occupation was once just the beginning of a awesome moment act.
The fabricated from an extended sequence of one-on-one interviews among McCartney and Scottish rock journalist Tom Doyle, Man at the Run chronicles Paul McCartney’s decadelong attempt to flee the shadow of his earlier, outrace his critics, and defy the expectancies of his fanatics. From the sour and painful breakup of the Beatles to the sobering warning call of John Lennon’s homicide, this can be a deeply revealing examine a occasionally scary, usually exhilarating interval within the lifetime of the world’s most renowned rock star.
Sensing that he had nowhere to move yet up, Paul McCartney all started over from scratch. With emotional—and musical—backing from Linda, he published eccentric solo albums and launched into a nomadic hippie way of life. He shaped a brand new band, Wings, which first took flight on a ramshackle travel of British college cities and finally lower back Paul to the summit of enviornment rock superstardom.
In Man at the Run, Doyle follows McCartney contained in the recording periods for Wings’ vintage album Band at the Run—and offers context for a number of the baffling misfires in his discography. Doyle tracks the dizzying highs and exasperating lows of a lifestyles lived within the public highlight: the richly over the top global excursions, the japanese drug bust that just about ended McCartney’s profession, his sour public feuds together with his erstwhile Beatle bandmates, and the aftermath of an notorious drug-and-alcohol-fueled jam consultation the place McCartney helped reconcile the estranged John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
For Paul McCartney, the Seventies have been a wild trip with a few darkish turns. Set opposed to the backdrop of a turbulent decade, Man at the Run casts the “sunny Beatle” in a wholly new light.
Praise for guy at the Run
““Tom Doyle’s distinctive chronicle, together with infrequent interviews with McCartney and previous Wings participants, portrays a band that used to be way more contentious than eager-to-please hits like 1976’s ‘Let ’Em In’ had us think, fronted through a legend who desired to be either boss and blood brother. The booklet is larded with stories of Seventies rock-star extra, Paul and Linda’s love of weed, docked paychecks, and grousing musicians.”—Rolling Stone
“Well-researched yet nonetheless breezy and fascinating, the publication deals a entire travel of the shaggy, bleary-eyed decade while the hardest-working ex-Beatle reached the zenith of his artistic and advertisement luck. . . . Man at the Run makes an exceptional contribution to the burgeoning literature dedicated to McCartney’s post-Beatles career.”—The Boston Globe
“In the Seventies, a depressed, heavy-drinking Paul McCartney walked clear of The Beatles and reinvented himself because the chief of one other hitmaking rock ’n’ roll band. a brand new publication by way of longtime Q journal contributing editor Tom Doyle approximately that turbulent interval within the mythical rock star’s existence, Man at the Run, catches him in mid-flight.”—Billboard