The McCartney Legacy, Vol. 1: 1969–73

Dey Street. Dec. 2022. 720p. ISBN 9780063000704. $35. BIOG
Former New York Times music critic Kozinn (The Beatles: From the Cavern to the Rooftop) and Sinclair, a film documentarian, expertly chronicle the life and music of Paul McCartney beyond the Beatles. In the first half, they deal with the acrimonious split of the Fab Four over business affairs, which pitted McCartney and his manager/father-in-law Lee Eastman against the other three Beatles, who favored the aggressive but somewhat disreputable entrepreneur Allen Klein. They also recount the creative process behind McCartney’s two solo efforts—1970’s McCartney and 1971’s Ram—and his pastoral life with his new wife, Linda. In the final sections, Kozinn and Sinclair document in painstaking detail the formation, recordings, and touring of the band Wings, which produced the 1973 commercial blockbuster and McCartney’s most well-known, post-Beatles album, Band on the Run.
VERDICT Meticulously researching the topic and writing in a lively, conversational style, the coauthors have delivered the definitive work about the immediate post-Beatles times of Paul McCartney. It is likely to be too detailed for general readers but represents a treasure trove of information for Beatlemaniacs.
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