A new Paul McCartney biography that examines the turbulent decade in the Beatles legend’s life that followed the breakup of his famous group will be hitting book stores in the coming days. Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s follows the singer’s bitter split from the Fab Four, his struggles to launch a solo career and the saga of Wings, the post-Beatles band he formed that included his wife, Linda, on keyboards.
The book was written by longtime Q magazine journalist Tom Doyle, and was based on personal interviews he conducted with McCartney. An exclusive excerpt of Man on the Run can be read online now at Billboard.com.
The segment features details about the circumstances that led to The Beatles breakup, including how McCartney ended up being blamed for the split although it was John Lennon who first declared that he wanted to leave the group. The excerpt also discusses how McCartney battled depression and anxiety in the aftermath of the breakup, eventually motivating himself to begin recording solo before deciding to put together the group that became Wings.
As recounted in the book, Paul first recruited drummer Denny Seiwell to join him and Linda for the recording of the 1971 album Ram. The first Wings lineup eventually was rounded out by former Moody Blues singer/guitarist Denny Laine and Irish guitarist Henry McCullough, who had been part of Joe Cocker‘s backing group the Grease Band. The Man on the Run excerpt reveals that McCullough had suggested to McCartney that he replace Linda — who had little musical experience — with “a ‘proper’ piano player,” but he was rebuffed by Paul. However, McCartney admitted that he did have second thoughts about his wife’s participation in Wings, and briefly considered asking one-time Beatles sideman Billy Preston to join the group.
Man on the Run will be published this Tuesday, June 17.
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