Philip Norman - Author

About the Author

Philip Norman was born in London and brought up on the Isle of Wight. He joined the Sunday Times at the age of twenty-two, soon gaining a reputation as Atticus columnist and for his profiles of figures as diverse as Elizabeth Taylor, P. G. Wodehouse and Colonel Gaddafi. In 1981 he published SHOUT!, a ground-breaking biography of the Beatles, a bestseller in both Britain and the US. He has also written the definitive lives of Sir Elton John and Buddy Holly and his journalism has been published in three collections. He is married with a daughter and lives in London.

Featured books by Philip Norman

Paul McCartney The Biography

Paul McCartney The Biography

Author: Philip Norman Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2016

In this masterly biography, history's most successful songwriter, a man of seemingly effortless talent, beauty and charm, is revealed as a complex, insecure workaholic who still feels as great a need to prove himself in his seventies as when he was a teenager. We learn how his boyhood was blighted by the death of his mother, Mary, - later the inspiration for 'Let It Be' - but redeemed by his remarkable father, Jim, a Liverpool cotton-salesman who was his only music-teacher and whose influence has permeated his career. We understand as never before the creative symbiosis between John Lennon and himself that unlocked the extraordinary treasury of their songs for the Beatles when they were barely into their twenties, and the fierce rivalry which lasted beyond the band's break-up to the end of John's life - and still haunts and inspires Paul to this day. Here for the first time is the full story of Paul post-Beatles: his trauma after being brutally sidelined by John, George and Ringo over the appointment of their last manager, Allen Klein; his near-breakdown on his remote Scottish farm and dogged determination to build a new band, Wings, into as big a name in the 1970s as the Beatles had been in the 1960s. Here too is the first inside story of his marriage to Linda Eastman, much criticised at the outset but destined to become the longest and strongest in rock until her death from cancer. Here are the traumatic post-Linda years when his charmed life seemed temporarily to crack up: his whirlwind romance with Heather Mills ending after four years' marriage in one of the most expensive and rancorous divorces in British legal history. As richly fascinating and dramatic as its subject, Paul McCartney: The Biography is the last word on a man whose music has lit up the world.

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger

Author: Philip Norman Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/04/2013

He is a testament to British glamour, the ultimate architect and demi-god of rock. Bestselling biographer Philip Norman offers an unparalleled account of the life of a living legend, Mick Jagger. From Home Counties schoolboy, to rebel without a cause to Sixties rock sensation and global idol, Norman unravels with astonishing intimacy the myth of the inimitable frontman of The Rolling Stones. MICK JAGGER charts his extraordinary journey through scandal-ridden conspiracy, infamous prison spell, hordes of female admirers and a knighthood while stripping away the colossal fame, wealth and idolatry to reveal a story of talent and promise unfulfilled. Understated yet ostentatious; the ultimate incarnation of modern man's favourite fantasy: 'sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll', yet blessed with taste and intelligence; a social chameleon who couldn't blend in if he tried; always moving with the Jagger swagger yet modest enough to be self-deprecating, Mick was a paradoxical energy that reconfigured the musical landscape. This revelatory tour de force is ample tribute to a flawed genius, a Casanova, an Antichrist and a god who, with characteristic nonchalance realised the dreams of thousands of current contenders and rocker pretenders, longevity, while coasting on a sea of fur rugs.

Mick Jagger Satan from Suburbia

Mick Jagger Satan from Suburbia

Author: Philip Norman Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2012

A miracle of still-plentiful hair, raw sex-appeal, and strutting talent . The frontman of one of the most influential and controversial groups of all time. A musical genius with a career spanning over four decades. He is a testament to British glamour, the ultimate architect and demi-god of rock.  From Home Counties schoolboy, to rebel without a cause to Sixties rock sensation and global idol, Norman unravels with astonishing intimacy the myth of the inimitable frontman of The Rolling Stones. MICK JAGGER charts his extraordinary journey through scandal-ridden conspiracy, infamous prison spell, hordes of female admirers and a knighthood while stripping away the colossal fame, wealth and idolatry to reveal a story of talent and promise unfulfilled. Understated yet ostentatious; the ultimate incarnation of modern man's favourite fantasy: 'sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll', yet blessed with taste and intelligence; a social chameleon who couldn't blend in if he tried; always moving with the Jagger swagger yet modest enough to be self-deprecating, Mick was a paradoxical energy that reconfigured the musical landscape. This revelatory tour de force is ample tribute to a flawed genius, a Casanova, an Antichrist and a god who, with characteristic nonchalance realised the dreams of thousands of current contenders and rocker pretenders, longevity, while coasting on a sea of fur rugs.

Other books by Philip Norman

Slowhand The Life and Music of Eric Clapton

Slowhand The Life and Music of Eric Clapton

Author: Philip Norman Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2018

Slowhand The Life and Music of Eric Clapton

Slowhand The Life and Music of Eric Clapton

Author: Philip Norman Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2018

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

Author: Philip Norman Format: eBook Release Date: 20/11/2017

La primera biografia autorizada de un mito del pop de todos los tiemposLa historia de Paul jams contada fue confiada al cronista por antonomasia de la vida y obra de estos improbables semidioses; seres por los que nadie daba un duro en sus inicios, ni siquiera el que fuera su mentor, Tony Sheridan. Philip Norman ya nos deleit con su enciclopdica biografa del compaero de andanzas de Paul, John Lennon, en un abrumador alarde de apabullante erudicin, solo apto para conversos, voyeurs insaciables y amantes de la obra ilustre del cuarteto de escarabajos. No menos ambiciosa es esta segunda entrega dedicada al que muchos consideran el rey sin corona de la banda. Con el consentimiento de McCartney, lo cual la convierte en la primera y nica biografa oficial, y con acceso privilegiado a los miembros de su familia y a su crculo de amistades (fuentes que nunca antes se han permitido hablar de las vivencias ntimas y los recuerdos compartidos del cantante), Philip arma el primer relato de la complicada relacin de Paul con John Lennon, su trauma personal tras la ruptura de los Beatles y su infatigable lucha por regresar a la cima con 'Wings', adems de tantas otras vicisitudes que han jalonado la vida de tan singular artista. La biografa defi nitiva de una leyenda de nuestro tiempo. "e;Un libro enorme La historia de McCartney desde su infancia en Liverpool hasta su ruptura con los Beatles en 1970 no ha perdido la habilidad de encandilar Una de las mejores historias del pasado siglo."e;The New York Times"e;Norman es un dotadsimo retratista con una consumada habilidad para conjurar la presencia de McCartney Una biografa ejecutada con destreza, rebosante de detalles."e;The Guardian"e;Una narracin rigurosa y objetiva sobre la historia de McCartney y sobre los altibajos de la banda ms famosa del mundo, pero tambin una lectura ligera teniendo en cuenta las tremendas reas que cubre."e;Esquire"e;Una absorbente historia sobre un chico de Liverpool de clase obrera cuyo increble talento musical lo convirti en el ms exitoso compositor de la historia."e;Newsweek"e;Una crnica cautivadora sobre la vida de un icono inmortal."e;Hot Press

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

Author: Philip Norman Format: eBook Release Date: 02/06/2017

Funf Grammys, elf Mal als Solokunstler in den deutschen Album-Top Ten und Autor von uber eintausend Songs - Paul McCartneys Karriere ist in jeder Hinsicht von Superlativen gepragt. Nun schreibt der renommierte Rock-Biograf Philip Norman seine Geschichte auf - erstmals mit McCartneys Einverstandnis und unter Einbezug von Freunden und Familie. So entsteht ein kenntnisreiches Portrait von Pauls oftmals nicht ganz einfachen Beziehung zu John Lennon, der tragischen Zeit nach der Auflosung der Beatles und des Kampfs zuruck in den Pop-Olymp mit den Wings, der fast dazu gefuhrt hatte, dass McCartney in Afrika ermordet worden ware. Norman legt hier mit bisher unveroffentlichten Details und kritischen Erkenntnissen die umfassende Biografie einer der groten musikalischen Legenden unserer Zeit vor.

Paul McCartney The Biography

Paul McCartney The Biography

Author: Philip Norman Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

The first biography written with Paul McCartney's approval and with access to family members and friends closest to him. Superbly evoking half a century of popular music and culture, Paul McCartney is the definitive life of a long-misunderstood genius. In this masterly biography, history's most successful songwriter, a man of seemingly effortless talent, beauty and charm, is revealed as a complex, insecure workaholic who still feels as great a need to prove himself in his seventies as when he was a teenager. We learn how his boyhood was blighted by the death of his mother, Mary - later the inspiration for 'Let It Be' - but redeemed by his remarkable father, Jim, a Liverpool cotton-salesman who was his only music-teacher and whose influence has permeated his career. We understand as never before the creative symbiosis between John Lennon and himself that unlocked the extraordinary treasury of their songs for the Beatles when they were barely into their twenties, and the fierce rivalry which lasted beyond the band's break-up to the end of John's life - and still haunts and inspires Paul to this day. Here for the first time is the full story of Paul post-Beatles: his trauma after being brutally sidelined by John, George and Ringo over the appointment of their last manager, Allen Klein; his near-breakdown on his remote Scottish farm and dogged determination to build a new band, Wings, into as big a name in the 1970s as the Beatles had been in the 1960s. Here too is the first inside story of his marriage to Linda Eastman, much criticised at the outset but destined to become the longest and strongest in rock until her death from cancer. Here are the traumatic post-Linda years when his charmed life seemed temporarily to crack up: his whirlwind romance with Heather Mills ending after four years' marriage in one of the most expensive and rancorous divorces in British legal history. As richly fascinating and dramatic as its subject, Paul McCartney: The Biography is the last word on a man whose music has lit up the world.

Paul McCartney: The Biography

Paul McCartney: The Biography

Author: Philip Norman Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/05/2016

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 facade and sheds new light on his childhood - blighted by his mother's death but redeemed by the father who introduced him to music.

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

Author: Philip Norman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2016

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 fa ade 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.

Paul McCartney The Biography

Paul McCartney The Biography

Author: Philip Norman Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2016

In this masterly biography, history's most successful songwriter, a man of seemingly effortless talent, beauty and charm, is revealed as a complex, insecure workaholic who still feels as great a need to prove himself in his seventies as when he was a teenager. We learn how his boyhood was blighted by the death of his mother, Mary, - later the inspiration for 'Let It Be' - but redeemed by his remarkable father, Jim, a Liverpool cotton-salesman who was his only music-teacher and whose influence has permeated his career. We understand as never before the creative symbiosis between John Lennon and himself that unlocked the extraordinary treasury of their songs for the Beatles when they were barely into their twenties, and the fierce rivalry which lasted beyond the band's break-up to the end of John's life - and still haunts and inspires Paul to this day. Here for the first time is the full story of Paul post-Beatles: his trauma after being brutally sidelined by John, George and Ringo over the appointment of their last manager, Allen Klein; his near-breakdown on his remote Scottish farm and dogged determination to build a new band, Wings, into as big a name in the 1970s as the Beatles had been in the 1960s. Here too is the first inside story of his marriage to Linda Eastman, much criticised at the outset but destined to become the longest and strongest in rock until her death from cancer. Here are the traumatic post-Linda years when his charmed life seemed temporarily to crack up: his whirlwind romance with Heather Mills ending after four years' marriage in one of the most expensive and rancorous divorces in British legal history. As richly fascinating and dramatic as its subject, Paul McCartney: The Biography is the last word on a man whose music has lit up the world.

London Vanished and Vanishing

London Vanished and Vanishing

Author: Philip Norman Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2015

London Signs and Inscriptions - Scholar's Choice Edition

London Signs and Inscriptions - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Philip Norman Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/02/2015

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger

Author: Philip Norman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/11/2014

Mick Jagger ist der grote Star der Rockgeschichte. Viele Millionen Fans weltweit bewundern ihn. Mit seiner markanten Stimme und der wilden, aufreizenden Buhnenshow bringt er auch heute noch ganze Stadien zum Kochen. Songs wie "e;Satisfaction"e;, "e;Jumpin' Jack Flash"e; und "e;Street Fighting Man"e; sind ewige Rock-'n'-Roll-Hymnen - voller Sex und Rebellion. Philip Norman hat mit vielen engen Weggefahrten von Mick Jagger gesprochen und liefert uns nun die grandiose Lebensschau des beruhmten Musikers. Er erzahlt von Jaggers Jugend, wie er schon fruh den Rhythm & Blues entdeckte und dann 1962 mit Keith Richards und Brian Jones die Rolling Stones grundete. Er berichtet von den gigantischen Welttourneen, von den wusten Drogenexzessen und den Eskapaden des skandaltrachtigen Womanizers, dessen Privatleben seit Jahrzehnten die Medien beschaftigt. Das authentische Portrat des Mannes, der mit seiner Musik die Welt veranderte.

John Lennon

John Lennon

Author: Philip Norman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2014

We All Want To Change The WorldDas biographische Meisterwerk ber die grte Legende der Popmusik: John Lennon. Philip Norman liefert ein facettenreiches Portrt des Grnders der Beatles, der mit seinen genialen Songs Musikgeschichte schrieb - eine grandiose Hommage an die Pop-Ikone.

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger

Author: Philip Norman Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/04/2013

He is a testament to British glamour, the ultimate architect and demi-god of rock. Bestselling biographer Philip Norman offers an unparalleled account of the life of a living legend, Mick Jagger. From Home Counties schoolboy, to rebel without a cause to Sixties rock sensation and global idol, Norman unravels with astonishing intimacy the myth of the inimitable frontman of The Rolling Stones. MICK JAGGER charts his extraordinary journey through scandal-ridden conspiracy, infamous prison spell, hordes of female admirers and a knighthood while stripping away the colossal fame, wealth and idolatry to reveal a story of talent and promise unfulfilled. Understated yet ostentatious; the ultimate incarnation of modern man's favourite fantasy: 'sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll', yet blessed with taste and intelligence; a social chameleon who couldn't blend in if he tried; always moving with the Jagger swagger yet modest enough to be self-deprecating, Mick was a paradoxical energy that reconfigured the musical landscape. This revelatory tour de force is ample tribute to a flawed genius, a Casanova, an Antichrist and a god who, with characteristic nonchalance realised the dreams of thousands of current contenders and rocker pretenders, longevity, while coasting on a sea of fur rugs.

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger

Author: Philip Norman Format: eBook Release Date: 02/10/2012

Author Phillip Norman, whose previous bestseller, John Lennon: The Life, was praised as a haunting, mammoth, terrific piece of work (New York Times Book Review) and whose classic Shout! is widely considered to be the definitive biography of the Beatles, now turns his attention to the iconic front man of the Rolling Stones, the greatest rock n roll band in the world. Normans Mick Jagger is an extraordinarily detailed and vibrantly written in-depth account of the life and half-century-long career of one of the most fascinating and complex superstars of rock musicthe most comprehensive biography to date of the famously enigmatic musician. Keith Richards had his say in Life. Now its time to get to know intimately the other half of the duo responsible for such enduring hits as Paint It Black, Sympathy for the Devil, Gimme Shelter, and (I Cant Get No) Satisfaction. Mick Jagger is a must read for Stones fans, and everyone who cant get enough of the serious memoirs and biographies of popular musicians, like Patti Smiths Just Kids, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler, and the Warren Zevon story, Ill Sleep When Im Dead.

Buddy The definitive biography of Buddy Holly

Buddy The definitive biography of Buddy Holly

Author: Philip Norman Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2012

Buddy Holly is the best-known yet most elusive and enigmatic of all Rock 'n' Roll legends. Now Philip Norman, who has won international praise for his biographies of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Elton John, has written the definitive story of a short but extraordinary life. Buddy's records are played, and his memory is cherished, the world over. Yet the full story of his meteoric rise and tragic fall has never been told. Philip Norman uses his unique skills to give a revealing, sometimes shocking but always warmly affectionate portrait of America's mythical Rock 'n' Roll era and its brightest and most enduring star. 'Excellent ... [Norman's] cogency and thoroughness make this biography as welcome as the unstoppably fresh songs his idol left us' Sunday Times

Modern History of the City of London

Modern History of the City of London

Author: Philip Norman, Charles Welch Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2009

London Signs and Inscriptions

London Signs and Inscriptions

Author: Philip Norman Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2009

Modern History of the City of London

Modern History of the City of London

Author: Philip Norman, Charles Welch Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2009

London Signs and Inscriptions

London Signs and Inscriptions

Author: Philip Norman Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2009

John Lennon The Life

John Lennon The Life

Author: Philip Norman Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2009

The final word on music's greatest legend, in which Philip Norman reveals a John Lennon the world has never seen. With ground-breaking insight into the pain, beauty and frustration that shaped the genius of modern music, John Lennon: The Definitive Biography redefines a legend. John Lennon - the iconic songwriter, composer and one quarter of The Beatles - was a giant of the twentieth century. As the founding member of the world's most successful group ever, he changed lives. The popularity and significance of The Beatles is beyond comparison in our age - in the UK alone, they released more than 40 number one singles and albums. But their impact extended well beyond their music. Their clothes, hairstyles, statements, and even their choice of instruments made them trend-setters from the 1960s to this day, while their growing social awareness - reflected in the development of their music - saw their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. Following the painful collapse of The Beatles, John came out a wiser but angrier person. Together with his wife Yoko Ono, he attempted to transform the world through non-musical means. Their bed-in in Amsterdam and Montreal, their black bag appearances on stage, their innocent flirting with political activists and radicals, all received massive media attention. These events were in search of world peace. John Lennon was shot dead by a mentally disturbed fan outside his New York apartment building on December 8, 1980. Featuring previously unseen photographs, this truly is the definitive John Lennon.

John Lennon: The Life

John Lennon: The Life

Author: Philip Norman Format: eBook Release Date: 28/10/2008

For more than a quarter century, biographer Philip Norman's internationally bestselling Shout! has been unchallenged as the definitive biography of the Beatles. Now, at last, Norman turns his formidable talent to the Beatle for whom being a Beatle was never enough. Drawing on previously untapped sources, and with unprecedented access to all the major characters, Norman presents the comprehensive and most revealing portrait of John Lennon ever published.This masterly biography takes a fresh and penetrating look at every aspect of Lennon's much-chronicled life, including the songs that have turned him, posthumously, into a near-secular saint. In three years of research, Norman has turned up an extraordinary amount of new information about even the best-known episodes of Lennon folklorehis upbringing by his strict Aunt Mimi; his allegedly wasted school and student days; the evolution of his peerless creative partnership with Paul McCartney; his Beatle-busting love affair with a Japanese performance artist; his forays into painting and literature; his experiments with Transcendental Meditation, primal scream therapy, and drugs. The book's numerous key informants and interviewees include Sir Paul McCartney, Sir George Martin, Sean Lennonwhose moving reminiscence reveals his father as never seen beforeand Yoko Ono, who speaks with sometimes shocking candor about the inner workings of her marriage to John.[A] haunting, mammoth, terrific piece of work. -New York Times Honest and unflinching, as John himself would wish, Norman gives us the whole man in all his endless contradictionstough and cynical, hilariously funny but also naive, vulnerable and insecureand reveals how the mother who gave him away as a toddler haunted his mind and his music for the rest of his days.

London Signs and Inscriptions

London Signs and Inscriptions

Author: Philip Norman Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/10/2008

London Signs and Inscriptions

London Signs and Inscriptions

Author: Philip Norman Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/10/2008

London Signs and Inscriptions

London Signs and Inscriptions

Author: Philip Norman Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/08/2008

London Signs and Inscriptions

London Signs and Inscriptions

Author: Philip Norman Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/08/2008

London Signs and Inscriptions

London Signs and Inscriptions

Author: Philip Norman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2008

London Signs and Inscriptions

London Signs and Inscriptions

Author: Philip Norman Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/08/2008

Shout! The True Story of the Beatles

Shout! The True Story of the Beatles

Author: Philip Norman Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/06/2004

The first and best Beatles biography, Norman had close working relationships with each of the Fab Four, having interviewed them many times since 1965 and observed first hand the events that led to the split during 1969-70. The resulting book contained unique insights into the rise of the Beatles, their final years, the chaos of Apple and the collapse of hippy idealism. Now fully updated, and written with all of Norman's trademark verve and skill, this is an essential book for anyone with an interest in pop music, the Sixties and the pleasures and perils of god-like fame. 'Nothing less than thrilling . . . the definitive biography' New York Times 'This stands as the first (and still the best) collision of Beatles history and literary depth . . . just about everything is rendered with beautiful prose and laser-like insight' Q

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