Between 1963 and 1970, Paul McCartney did the following: Sold 160 million albums. Scored 25 Number One singles. Captured the whole thing in A Hard Day's Night. Experimented with drugs. Offended the church. Established the concept of rock-as-art with Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Persuaded millions of kids to pick up electric guitars and others to burn vinyl in bonfires. Single-handedly invented the Swinging Sixties. And became one of the most famous Englishmen alive. McCartney is a tale of self-destruction, violence and epic excess. The Beatles' bloody in-fighting, the sex, the drugs, and McCartney's extraordinary marriages are here revealed in full. Yet while the revelations will (genuinely) astound, this book remains a celebratory feast for his millions of fans, capturing the glorious rush of the best songs and revealing the untold stories behind them. McCartney is the definitive biography, charting not only the pop legend but the man and his era.
Christopher Sandford has been writing about pop music for twenty years, his articles appearing in The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Spectator and the New York Times, amongst others.In 1998 Rolling Stone called him 'the preeminent author in his field today' and 'a man with his finger on the pulse of pop culture'.His books on major pop figures have been sold to fifteen countries and have featured on both the Sunday Times and the New York Times bestseller lists.He lives in Seattle with his family but returns frequently to the UK.