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Tom Doyle

Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s

Published by Ballantine

Jul 03, 2014 Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands Bookmark and Share

Journalist Tom Doyle had previously interviewed Paul McCartney multiple times before turning his focus toward the 1970s, and their level of familiarity led McCartney to revisit the period with a surprising level of candor. It was a decade that saw the freshly ex-Beatle reach a new peak of popularity but also suffer torturous lows.

Beginning with the bitter legal feud that led to The Beatles’ split, Man on the Run follows his gradual return to music with the formation of Wings. McCartney and members of the band and associates freely discuss a number of sensitive subjects, including wife Linda’s oft-derided inclusion in the band, Wings’ instability in retaining musicians, and their boss’s highly publicized Japanese drug bust.

Following an early stretch of wicked self-doubt and a few years of artistic shakiness, it’s a relief to read of the breakthrough achieved with Band on the Run, as the ‘70s seemed to challenge McCartney at every turn. (

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