by Best Classic Bands Staff
When Paul McCartney announced his book for 2021, The lyrics: 1956 to today, he remarked that the time was never right to write an autobiography. In 2022, with the music legend seemingly as busy as ever, comes the first in a comprehensive portrait of his post-Beatles career. The McCartney Legacy Volume 1: 1969-73, by noted Beatles historian Allan Kozinn and researcher Adrian Sinclair, has been slightly delayed. It is now scheduled for December 13, 2022 via Dey Street Books. It was originally scheduled for November 8, but as Sinclair noted on June 8, “our publisher explained that the sheer size and complexity of the book has meant that production will take longer than anticipated.” He added: “The wait will be worth it.” (It’s listed at 720 pages, up from 592 when it was originally announced.) It’s available to pre-order below.
From the Editor’s Announcement: Against the backdrop of The Beatles’ fragmentation over business and creative issues, The McCartney Legacy Volume 1 encompasses a time when McCartney reinvented himself, both as a man and as a musician. This is an in-depth and insightful exploration of his creative life beyond the Beatles – featuring hundreds of interviews with fellow musicians, tour managers, engineers, producers, filmmakers and more.
The story of the Beatles has been told many times and covers all eras and perspectives. McCartney’s work in the 50 years since the Fab Four split has been extraordinarily successful and enduringly popular – his 26 post-Beatles albums have sold over 86.5 million copies; and McCartney’s 2019 Freshen Up tour was the highest-grossing tour of all time anywhere in the world. In addition to his exceptional creative solo output, he has collaborated with the most influential artists of his generation and the next: from Elvis Costello to Stevie Wonder, from Michael Jackson to Dave Grohl, even Johnny Cash and Kanye West.
McCartney, too, has explored new styles of poetry with Allen Ginsberg, collaborating with Peter Martins and the NYC Ballet to create Kingdom of the Ocean. The list goes on from there. And he’s done all of this while maintaining a largely normal family life. His creative output since the Beatles has never received the full exploration such life and work demands.
McCartney Legacy gives McCartney’s post-Beatles life and work the kind of in-depth treatment that Mark Lewisohn gave the Beatles, and Philip Norman gave John Lennon. It is the first truly comprehensive biography and the most detailed exploration of McCartney’s creative life beyond the Beatles ever undertaken.
McCartney turned 80 on June 18 and returned to the stage in 2022 with his Got Back tour.
author Allan Kotin was a music critic and culture reporter for The New York Times from 1977 to 2014, which is actually where he was Times‘ Beatles desk. In that capacity, he interviewed McCartney several times and saw him perform in a variety of configurations and venues – from singing with a hand-held mic at the Lonestar Roadhouse, to playing rock oldies at Liverpool’s Cavern, to appearing in small venues such as the Ed Sullivan Theater and the Highline Ballroom to major concerts at Madison Square Garden and Yankee Stadium. He currently contributes regularly to Wall Street Journalthe Washington Post and other publications. He has taught courses at the Juilliard School and New York University (including a course on the Beatles at the latter) and has written seven books, among other things The Beatles – From the cave to the roof (1995) and Have that something! How the Beatles changed everything with “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” (2013).
Adrian Sinclair, principal researcher on the series, studied film at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and did an internship at ITV in Yorkshire, England, where he learned his craft as a documentary editor. Since starting his own business 15 years ago he has worked for major broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 4, National Geographic, Discovery and MTV. His 2010 documentary Steal Shakespeare (BBC/Smithsonian) was nominated for an Emmy for Best Documentary.