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Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s
Tom Doyle explores the world of Paul McCartney as The Beatles breakup and Wings take flight

By Stephen Pate – Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s is an intriguing book about Paul McCartney from 1966 onward detailing the breakup of The Beatles, including a nasty court case, his early solo career, personal depression and the love of his life Linda (Eastman) McCartney.

I downloaded the Kindle sample and could not put it down. When I got to the end of the free part, I gladly shelled out $9.11 to for the rest of the book.

Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s

Author Tom Doyle writes easily and without falling into the trap of fawning over one of the greatest musicians and songwriters of all time or being a nasty critic. He simply tells the story in an engaging way.

Doyle has spent extensive time interviewing Sir Paul McCartney and gets candid admissions from him about his depression at the end of The Beatles, which had been Paul’s whole life since he was 15.

Paul and his wife Linda literally ran away to Scotland to their farm in Kintyre. They barely made the ramshackle farm-house habitable and certainly not dry. Despite roughing it, their love flourished and Sir Paul came back to his creative gifts – songwriting and recording.

The Beatles had signed, against Paul’s better judgement, a management contract with the unethical if not criminal Klein who had already cheated The Rolling Stones. Sir Paul decided he had to force the end of The Beatles partnership in court to avoid having Klein steal anymore of their money and music rights. I won’t spoil the book for you but it makes interesting reading.

Of course, this is a book about Sir Paul and if you are a firm John, Ringo or George fan you may take umbrage at how Paul comes out looking the best.

74 readers rate Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s  4.5 out of 5 stars.

If you are a fan of McCartney and/or The Beatles, this book is an absolute must read. ” R.Suarez

A really well done bio of a worthy subject, written by a truly great master of his craft, Tom Doyle. ”  Jean Baldridge Yates

When I finish the book, I promise a longer review.

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