THE MCCARTNEY LEGACY
VOLUME 1 | 1969-73
Set against the backdrop of the Beatles splintering over both business and creative issues, The McCartney Legacy Volume 1 | 1969-73 covers a period in which Paul McCartney recreated himself, both as a man and as a musician. This is an in-depth and revealing exploration of his creative life beyond the Beatles—featuring hundreds of interviews with fellow musicians, tour managers, recording engineers, producers, filmmakers, and more.
McCartney Legacy gives McCartney’s post-Beatles life and work the kind of in-depth treatment that Mark Lewisohn has given the Beatles, and Madinger and Raile have given John Lennon. It is the first truly comprehensive biography, and the most finely detailed exploration of McCartney’s creative life beyond the Beatles, ever undertaken.
REVIEWS AND ENDORSEMENTS
9/10 "impossibly deep dive" - Uncut
8/10 "exhaustive but never exhausting" - Classic Rock
4/5 "Ram packed" - Mojo
“This is the comprehensive, painstaking, dazzling and definitive chronicle of rock’s strangest story: how Paul McCartney refused to go quietly after the Beatles, and how he kept his genius moving forward into another day. An amazing, inspiring trip.”
- Rob Sheffield, author of Dreaming the Beatles
“No maybe – I’m plain amazed at this real reveal of Paul McCartney with his decades of artful creativity. Through these pages is the accurate biography of a universal explorer.”
- Mark Lewisohn, world renowned Beatles expert
"Volume 1 of The McCartney Legacy by Allan Kozinn and Adrian Sinclair, arrives like a well-planned encore a year after the publication of The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present by Paul McCartney. Influenced by the methods of Mark Lewisohn, the exacting Beatles historian currently at work on the second volume of a trilogy about the group (the first was 900 pages, and that was an abridgement)... in a way The McCartney Legacy out-Lewisohns Lewisohn, taking almost 700 pages to cover only five years."
- The New York Times Book Review
"Anybody in the future who wants to know anything about the subject will find the information here. Allan Kozinn and Adrian Sinclair, a former New York Times music critic and a documentary maker respectively, have entirely succeeded in the task they set themselves — to find out and inform the reader of everything there is to know about the life of Paul McCartney between 1969 and 1973."
- The Times Book Review
"Allan Kozinn and Adrian Sinclair's The McCartney Legacy: Volume 1, 1969-73 is a triumph... their masterful study of the artist's spectacular rise from the ashes of the Beatles, Kozinn and Sinclair bring McCartney's comeback story vividly to life."
- Salon Book Review
"If the devil is in the detail the The McCartney Legacy is positively satanic."
- The Mail on Sunday Book Review
"Setting the story between The Beatles’ demise and 1973 offers Kozinn and Sinclair a compelling redemptive narrative arc... Choosing to tell their story without foreknowledge, the authors allow it to unfold as if it’s happening in real time and without looking ahead to the outcome of any particular actions. It’s an often breathless and riveting read."
- Reader's Digest Book Review
"A gold mine for avid fans."
- Kirkus Reviews
"One thing that really sets this book apart is Kozinn and Sinclair’s unprecedented amount of detail on every single Paul McCartney solo recording session: dates, places, songs worked on, remembrances from those in the room, and lots of equipment detail."
- Houston Press Book Review
"If you just so happen to be looking for an exhaustive survey of the singer’s post-Beatles career (both solo and with his band Wings), you’ve come to the right place... It's a welcome portrait of a complicated man who is too often depicted as a smiling jukebox. For a superstar who has thrived in the public eye with a no-drama mantra, there’s plenty of drama in these pages."
- San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook Book Review
"The McCartney Legacy shows a musician who is much more complex than his compositions or his interviews might express. This McCartney’s fiery. This McCartney’s human."
- CultureSonar Book Review