Man on the Run Paul McCartney in the 1970s

by Tom Doyle

Biography / Autobiography The Real World

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Tom Doyle harks back to the 1970’s a time when Paul McCartney’s life was in total contrast to the man he is today. For Paul McCartney, the 1970’s were a time of uncertainty, the Beatles split to the death of John Lennon, global wandering and drug busts to the shock of imprisonment in Japan for possession of marijuana. How did Paul McCartney adapt and survive after this troublesome decade?

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A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

Millions of words have been written about Paul McCartney, you’d think there would be nothing new to find out! But Tom Doyle reveals a very different man to his contemporary ‘thumbs aloft’, establishment image. He takes us hurtling through Macca’s first post-Beatles decade with real verve and insight. And he packed a lot in! There’s his nervous breakdown after the Beatles’ split, his drug busts, his banned (and occasionally baffling) records, the trials and triumphs of Wings, his Japanese jail time, his fraught relationships with his Beatle band mates, and the nightmare of John Lennon’s murder. Tom really excels at writing about the music—you can tell how much time he’s spent with his headphones on—and the excess of the music industry (so many lavish parties!) And it is impossible not to revisit the songs yourself after reading: what a treat! Vikki O’Reilly, Sales & marketing Manager, Polygon Books (and lifelong Beatles nut!)

Man on the Run Paul McCartney in the 1970s Synopsis

The most famous living rock musician on the planet, Paul McCartney is now regarded as a slightly cosy figure, an (inter)national treasure. Back in the 1970s, however, McCartney cut a very different figure. He was, literally, a man on the run. Desperately trying to escape the shadow of the Beatles, he became an outlaw hippy millionaire, hiding out on his Scottish farmhouse in Kintyre before travelling the world with makeshift bands and barefoot children. It was a time of numerous drug busts and brilliant, banned and occasionally baffling records. For McCartney, it was an edgy, liberating and sometimes frightening period of his life that has largely been forgotten. Man on the Run paints an illuminating picture: from McCartney's nervous breakdown following the Beatles' split through his apparent victimisation by the authorities to the rude awakening of his imprisonment for marijuana possession in Japan in 1980 and the shocking wake-up call of John Lennon's murder. Ultimately, it poses the question: if you were one quarter of the Beatles, could you really outrun your past?

Man on the Run Paul McCartney in the 1970s Press Reviews

'The go-to guy if you want to coax confessions from a superstar, Doyle writes without agenda. ****' - Mojo

'Starting with the painful disintegration of the Beatles, Doyle examines the next decade in McCartney's unimaginably odd existence, from his post-hippy farm idyll with wife Linda to the turbulent highs and lows of Wings ... most compelling is the book's portrait of a man in a position that doesn't come with a guidebook, playing it by ear. ****' - Q Magazine

'Man On The Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s is lovingly researched and expertly written by someone who was not afraid to push the boundaries in order to get to the untouched juicy bits. This isn't just a factual list of already documented events, this is an accessible and reader friendly must-have book written from an honest and open perspective that makes McCartney's already extensively documented life seem fresh and new' - Josh Gill's Blog

'[An] excellent and insightful biography ... he manages to get to the heart of McCartney's dilemma ... a fascinating read' - Scots Whay Hae

 

'Doyle makes sense of a stoned shaggy dog story that has none of the narrative neatness of the Beatles' rise and fall' - Guardian

 

'[Doyle] manages to say something new about a public figure about whom countless thousands of books and articles have been written, and he says it well - McCartney emerges as more admirable than many readers might have imagined - and more human, too' - Kirkus

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ISBN: 9781846972928
Publication date: 04/09/2014
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781846972928
Publication date: 04/09/2014
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846972928
Publication date: 4th September 2014
Author: Tom Doyle
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, The Real World,
Categories: Biography: arts & entertainment, Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups,

About Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle is an acclaimed music journalist, author and long-standing contributing editor to Q, whose work has also appeared in Mojo, the Guardian, Marie Claire, Elle, The Times and Sound on Sound. Over the years he has been responsible for key magazine-cover profiles of Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Kate Bush, Elton John, R.E.M. and U2, amongst many others. He is the author of 'The Glamour Chase: The Maverick Life of Billy MacKenzie' (Bloomsbury 1998, Polygon 2011) which has attained the status of a classic rock biography since its original publication.

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