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Fly Away Paul

On sale

19th October 2023

Price: £25

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399721776

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‘No other book has come close to capturing so well what Paul McCartney is about, nor described so vividly his mental breakdown when the Beatles separated, nor his need for Linda to nurse him back to good health…the book is packed with trivia, not for the sake of it but because it throws light onto the way Paul developed. And it’s fascinating; every word of it. It’s an extraordinarily brilliant book.’ SIMON NAPIER-BELL

‘The most brilliant journalism … Captivating.’ STEVE HARLEY, COCKNEY REBEL

‘…another amazing book. Your meticulous research is second to none.’ JOHNNIE WALKER

The first definitive account of Paul McCartney’s time in Wings, publishing on the fiftieth anniversary of the bestselling album Band on the Run

No comprehensive biography of the time Paul McCartney spent with Wings has ever been published. A period often dismissed as McCartney’s ‘missing’ years, in fact the band lasted for a decade: two years longer than the Beatles, and wielded such impact and influence that they at one point achieved the status as the biggest live band in the world. Band on the Run sold over 6 million copies worldwide and became EMI’s biggest selling album of the 1970s in the UK.

Music biographer Lesley-Ann Jones has met McCartney many times and knew his late wife Linda. Here she shows how crucial Linda was to the evolution of Wings – at great cost to herself given the ridicule she was to encounter. But Linda saw that McCartney needed the band in the wake of the break up of the Beatles.

Drawing on extensive interviews and her trademark meticulous research, the author shows how this period in Paul McCartney’s career was to become crucial not only to his development as an artist, but to his very survival.

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Scotland on Sunday
Absorbing . . . Jones perceptively portrays how Wings were always overshadows by the Beatles' success