BOOK REVIEW: Paul McCartney: The Life by Philip Norman

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Paul McCartney turned 75 this summer. The Beatle once known as the “cute one” is now 11 years past the age of his song, “When I’m 64.”

Philip Norman explores in detail McCartney’s life up to the age of 73 in his biography, “Paul McCartney: The Life.”

Norman has spent his life writing about rock stars. One of his earliest assignments as a journalist was interviewing the Beatles back in the band’s early 1960 heyday.

Norman has written numerous rock biographies, including the Beatles biography “Shout! The True Story of the Beatles” and “John Lennon: The Life.”

McCartney seemed like a natural but it wasn’t easy. As Norman explains, he had believed he’d angered McCartney with past books and articles and Norman admits his one-time admiration for McCartney had faded through the years.

Still, McCartney didn’t authorize the book but he didn’t stand in the way of it either. Anyone from the Beatle’s past who wished to speak to Norman had McCartney’s permission.

The book explores the possibly too well known details of McCartney’s meeting Lennon as teenagers and the forming of the Beatles and the rise and fall of the Beatles.


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