PAUL MCCARTNEY AND WINGS BOOK


By Jeremy Pascall. Hardcover Book (1977).

  • Hardcover: 96 pages.
  • Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd (28 Oct 1977).
  • Language: English. ISBN-10: 0600393941.
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600393948.
  • Product Dimensions: 30.4 x 22.8 x 1.8 cm.


    All Text & Images © Paul McCartney


    Paul McCartney & Wings was published in 1977. It's an astonishing pictorial history of the band. I've managed to source a few copies in fair condition which can be purchased here


    This is an amazing book mainly because of the rare photos inside, some of which are scanned below. Highly recommended for any one with even a cursory interest in this iconic band.


    Paul McCartney is one of a handful of men whose impact on rock music is literally beyond measure. If he had confined himself solely to songwriting he would deserve acclaim as one of the greatest creators of melody and lyrics, ranking easily alongsid eBacharach, deserving comparison with Cole Porter and George Gershwin. If he had just contented himself with being a solo performer well he has reached superstar status and become one of show business's great entertainers. See him live & you'll know what I mean.


    Wings were seriouly underrated and still are. Just some iconic titles in their back catalogue. If you're a newcomer to their work then get the greatest album on vinyl (direct link @ amazon.co.uk) and play Live & Let Die REALLY loud. I mean Michael Jackson Black or White 'R U Nuts; volume. Then discover some more gems.


    Talking of underrated, as I was, hasn't Linda McCartney's keyboards been overlooked as well? I suppose understandably when you consider her photography and food but her keyboards by the time of Live and Let Die are bold to behold to my ears. I would love her to have released a Brian Eno-esque ambient album - explored what must of been a fascination forall things that came from that instrument.


    In fact, he constituted one quarter of the world's most successful, innovative, culturally and musically influential groups ever. To have achieved those heights AND written such classics as Yesterday and Eleanor Rigby and so many more would be, seemingly, enough for anyone. But McCartney wasn't to be stopped. After the Beatles break-up he formed Wings and went right out and did it all over again!


    This is the story of Paul McCartney, of the Beatles and, primarily, of his brilliant success with Wings. It tells of his life up to and including the unprecedented and seemingly unrepeatable popularity of the Beatles, of the bitterness and litigation that surrounded their split, of the public hostility that his role in the break-up invoked, of his fight to see his wife Linda accepted as a musician and performer and the final triumph as Wings deservedly became one of the world's most popular recording and performing bands. The whole atonishing story is revealed in words and intimate photographs. It is the story of a rock genius who transcended the tag of "ex-Beatle" and became the Wing Commander.
    - from the Inside Flap




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