PAUL McCARTNEY: THE LIFE By Philip Norman

The definitive Paul McCartney biography, written with his approval by bestselling biographer Philip Norman.

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Since the age of twenty-one, Paul McCartney has lived one of the ultimate rock-n-roll lives played out on the most public of stages. Now, Paul’s story is told by rock music’s foremost biographer, with McCartney’s consent and access to family members and close friends who have never spoken on the record before. PAUL McCARTNEY reveals the complex character behind the façade and sheds new light on his childhood—blighted by his mother’s death but redeemed by the father who introduced him to music.

This is the first definitive account of Paul’s often troubled partnership with John Lennon, his personal trauma after the Beatles’ breakup, and his subsequent struggle to get back to the top with Wings—which nearly got him murdered in Africa and brought him nine days in a Tokyo jail.

Readers will learn about his marriage to Linda, including their much-criticized musical collaboration, and a moving account of her death. Packed with new information and critical insights, PAUL MCCARTNEY will be the definitive biography of a musical legend.

 

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Pure McCartney – Album Release Date: June 10,2016

67 Tracks Of Pure McCartney!

McCartney curated career-spanning compilation out on June 10th! 

– Release of career-spanning collection, from 1970 debut solo album all the way through 2012’s ‘My Valentine’, 2014’s ‘Hope For The Future’ and 2015’s ‘Say Say Say’ remix.

– Available on 10th June in three different formats; 2CD, 4CD and 4LP, all featuring versions of Paul’s greatest solo, Wings and Fireman compositions.

– 4CD version features 67 tracks, more than 40 of which were Top 40 hits including ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’, ‘Live and Let Die’, ‘Mull Of Kintyre’, ‘Ebony and Ivory’, ‘Dance Tonight’ and ‘New’.

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“Me and my team came up with the idea of putting together a collection of my recordings with nothing else in mind other than having something fun to listen to,” Paul says of this project.

“Maybe it’s to be enjoyed on a long car journey or an evening at home or at a party with friends? So we got our heads together and came up with these diverse playlists from various periods of my long and winding career.”

Highlight of Last Night’s Grammy Awards…

Last night’s Grammy Awards Show from the Staples Center in Los Angeles was stellar. Many fantastic moments, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performing live together, Pink’s Cirque de Soleil acrobatics, The Highwaymen commanding total respect, Daft Punk, Pharrell, Stevie Wonder and Nile Rodgers tore it up.

The one performance that crossed many boundaries was Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons. Their collective energy had the star studded audience on their feet.

Here is a video of their bombastic set.

 

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The Two British Invasion Duos

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The music of our heart is warming up to the nostalgic feelings that surround the memories and music of the 50th Anniversary of the British Invasion (1964-2014).

My attention is focused today on the two male duos from the 1964 NY radio and television airwaves, Chad & Jeremy and Peter and Gordon. I listened to both duos actively in the car this afternoon. It was a soothing, fun sing along experience. 🙂

Each duo had several major hits during 1964.  I have highlighted the hit record from each duo that has held the most staying power these past 50 years.

1) Chad & Jeremy

Chad Stuart recalled that his “A Summer Song” collaborators Clive Metcalfe and Keith Noble were themselves a musical duo with whom Chad & Jeremy became friendly, and that “A Summer Song” was written at Stuart’s flat in London: “We were sitting around jamming on four chords and we came up with ‘A Summer Song'”.[1]

2) Peter and Gordon

A World Without Love” is a song recorded by the English duo Peter and Gordon and released as their first single in February 1964, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chartin April. The song was written by Paul McCartney[1] and attributed to Lennon–McCartney. The B-side was “If I Were You” written by Peter and Gordon.

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A World Without Love (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As of Late January 2013, Paul McCartney’s Original Demo has been leaked on YouTube. Its only 30 seconds in length, but offers a rare glimpse into the song’s origins. The clip was played at Peter Asher”s most recent string of concerts. We heard it on Cousin Brucie’s 60s show on Sirius XM where Peter Asher was interviewed by Cousin Brucie to position and explain the demo.

Peter Asher indicates he has another unheard Beatles demo, ‘I’ll Follow the Sun’ which we are hoping he will play at the Fest for Beatles Fans.

Peter Asher and Chad & Jeremy are scheduled to appear at The Fest for Beatles Fans in New York next month at the Grand Hyatt.

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“New” from Paul McCartney

I received an early morning e-mail communication from Top Spin Media (Top Spin Platform Direct to Fan Business) for Paul McCartney about his next album, New. I am constantly impressed with how Sir Paul leverages the latest technology with the power of the InterWeb to effectively communicate his music directly to his fans.

It is very reminiscent of the marketing campaign that David Bowie used to communicate and tell fans at a very early hour and radiate the news as the day progresses. David Bowie awakened the world to his new album in this way and it was a very effective means to build interest, listening and sales.

The Top Spin e-mail highlights in one fell swoop universal accessibility to Facebook, Google+,  Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify, Twitter, and YouTube.

The link for Spotify does not yet feature the “New” single I imagine this may be due to the understanding with iTunes first, Spotify to follow (my guess here…)

You can pre-order New on iTunes here

Paul’s New album will include 12 new songs, which he worked on with new collaborators. I am hoping this recording will feature a couple more songs he has performed with Nirvana mates, David Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. I am very interested to learn who else he collaborated with on New.

Photo: Mary McCartney

Rolling Stone Magazine – 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now

I am a list person, I love a good checklist. Rolling Stone Magazine’s latest list of interest to me is The 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now. 

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I have attended 20+ concerts a year the past 10 years. Of the 50 acts in the listed in the article I have seen 13 perform live (25%).

Acts I Have Seen Live

1. Bruce Springsteen (3)

2. The Rolling Stones

3. Neil Young (3)

4. U2 (3)

5. Wilco

6. Tom Petty (3)

7. Paul McCartney (4)

8. Metallica

9. Kayne West (Live Earth)

10. Tom Waits (Whom I met and interviewed at Toads Place in New Haven in 1978)

11. Dave Matthews Band (Live Earth)

12. Patti Smith (4) (We have met Patti Smith several times, she’s delightful)

13. David Byrne (3)

Artists On the List I Must See Live

1. Prince

2. Jack White

3. Red Hot Chili Peppers

4. Pearl Jam

5. Radiohead

6. Nine Inch Nails

Artists I Want To See Live

1. Arcade Fire

2. My Morning Jacket

3. The Black Keys

4. Alabama Shakes

5. The Roots

6. Lady Gaga

7. Tool

8. Green Day

9. Fiona Apple

10. JayZ

11. Rage Against The Machine

12. Phish

13. Foo Fighters

14. Queens of the Stone Age

Who have you seen and who do you want to see from the list of 50 acts?

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Linda McCartney Retrospective – Vienna, Austria

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The music of our heart loves the photographic beauty captured through the lens of Linda McCartney.There is a new retrospective of her work featuring 190 of her iconic photographs. The Linda McCartney show is on view at the Kunst Haus Wien Museum in Vienna, Austria until October 6, 2013.

The curatorial work has been done by members of the McCartney family and Andreas Hirsch, curator of Kunst Haus Wien, in collaboration with Claudia Schmid of Linda Enterprises Ltd.

Paul McCartney, his wife Nancy and his brother Michael attended opening night. You can get more insight about that evening here.

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Paul McCartney and Wings – Rockshow

Paul McCartney and Wings were fortunately captured live in concert during their historic 1976 Wings Over The World tour. The film is called Rockshow. Wings occupies a fond and warm spot in the music of our heart. I wasn’t as active a concert goer in 1976 as I am today. We failed to see Wings live in concert during its heyday. Thankfully we have this Wings show preserved on 35mm film now restored to DVD and Blue Ray.  The film features 30 songs from four concerts of the tour: New York, May 25 (four songs); Seattle, Washington, June 10 (five songs); Los Angeles, California, June 22 (15 songs); and Los Angeles, California, June 23 (six songs),[3]

We have seen Paul McCartney live four times in the past 10+ years. I constantly find the most exciting selections of his concerts to be the Wings songs. Paul really gets behind those songs and it feels like you are at a Wings concert.

There are several video clips on the Paul McCartney YouTube Channel from Rockshow. I chose “Let Em In” because when Rosemary and I were first married our four-year old nephew used to come over our apartment and ask us to play records for him. He was totally taken with the Wings Over America triple album and this particular song. He would say, “I want to hear the song with the man walking on the horseshoes”. He was referring to the metallic sound that leads off the choice 😉

We just have to get this DVD!

Music Journalism A-Z – Gloria Stavers

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My first recollection of reading a music journalist with any regularity was Gloria Stavers, editor in chief of 16 Magazine. Stavers was credited with being one of the first women rock and roll journalists. Her vibrant personality carried across as both a fan and a knowledgeable source of information.

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I find it ironic that I also had a teeny bopper phase that helped to formulate my experience with music. It is the reason I curb my tongue when it comes to Justin Bieber. I had a paper route in those days as a Norwalk Hour news carrier. I would strap a transistor radio to the handle bars and listen to the WMCA Good Guys or the WABC All American disk jockeys on AM radio out of New York City. I always made it a point to buy the latest monthly issue of 16 Magazine at Espositos Variety in South Norwalk where I picked up my papers to deliver. I would devour that magazine cover to cover. 16 Magazine was one of the best informed sources about the British Invasion. I had that paper route two years from 1964 through 1966. So I had plenty of pocket-money to buy 16 Magazine plus lots of comic books 😉

Tony Barrow, the Press Officer to The Beatles, credits Stavers with providing “significant help” towards the task of fast-tracking the band to the top of the US charts. In the months before their first visit to the US, a real volume of the editorial space in 16 was given over to The Beatles. Paul McCartney remembered Gloria as being “very dignified, professional and totally business-like. She inspired respect from us all”.

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I urge you to visit the Gloria Stavers Tribute Blog created by Karen Steele. You’ll find great pictures of Gloria Stavers like this one there along with other invaluable writings and memorabilia.

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Dave Grohl’s Alegiance to Sound City Galvanizes His Music Direction

Little did everyone realize that when Dave Grohl announced at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park NYC on September 30, 2012 that he was taking a hiatus from the Foo Fighters the significance of that pivot point in his music career.

Before playing ‘Learn To Fly’, the group’s fourth song of the night, Grohl said: “Without making a big deal out of it, we
don’t have any shows after this. This is it, man. Honestly I don’t know when we’re gonna do it again…and this is the perfect place to do it.”

Krist Novoselic, Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl has been incredibly busy since that event. He played drums at the Kennedy Center Honors for Led Zeppelin on December 3rd. He appeared with Sir Paul McCartney and members of Nirvana at 12-12-12 and then on the Christmas SNL show.

Sound City Studios

Dave has produced a labor of love movie about Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, California, Sound City. This studio has been the birthplace of many of the greatest recordings in rock and roll history. The studio has since closed but we get to visit it once again through the miracle of  the camera lens.

I really feel like SOUND CITY is my life’s most important work. I hope you do too. – Dave Grohl

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There is a companion motion picture soundtrack, Real to Reel with many new tracks recorded through the 1970’s Neve Sound Board Dave Grohl purchased from Sound City Studios.

The making of this film and the soundtrack initiates the nucleus of an innovative sound direction for Grohl and friends.

Dave Grohl will debut a new supergroup, named Sound City Players, at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where the Sound City movie will début reports Rolling Stone. The track listing above gives a good sign as to who that new supergroup may feature 😉

2013 promises to be an extremely busy and productive year for Dave Grohl. He will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas on March 14. He will also be drumming on the forthcoming Queens Of The Stone Age album.