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McCARTNEY: THE BIOGRAPHY

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McCARTNEY: THE BIOGRAPHY
February 07, 2006 02:23PM
McCARTNEY: THE BIOGRAPHY
Chris Salewicz (Macdonald & Co £10.95)

THE McCARTNEY FILE
Bill Harry (Beer Davies £5.99)


I had anticipated something better or at least more perceptive on the subject of the doe eyed Beatle from the former New Musical Express writer Chris Salewicz than this gushing hackography. It seems as though Salewicz has done little more than read all the literature on the fab four and compiled his own extended essay from the available data. Certainly he never managed to speak to the book’s central figure.

His brief throughout seems that of an apologist to the McCartney fans at whom this book is specifically aimed, putting into alternative perspective all those hurtful criticisms of Paulie’s calculating existential current since John Lennon’s assassination, but Salewicz seems unable even to convince himself of his subject’s essential chivalry.

What particularly irks, however, is the writer’s translation into the American idiom of perfectly reliable English words such as humour (humor) and behaviour (behavior). That an English writer in such a quintessentially Englishman as Paul McCartney should feel constrained to pander to his American readership in this way is unpardonable.

A more honest labour is the faxzine compiled by Bill Harry, whose trademark is “the first person ever to write about the Beatles” and who assembles an assortment of facts of passing interest perhaps to McCartney’s wife and sheep. The entry under the heading Tree Top Hotel reads “Famous hotel in Nairobi where Paul enjoyed a holiday in 1966” and the book abounds in remarkable trivia like this.

Penny Reel
Originally published in New Musical Express, 1986
Conscious Pilot
Re: McCARTNEY: THE BIOGRAPHY
February 07, 2006 05:48PM
Nothing about him handing out £50 notes to passing strangers then?
Gor blimey guv,
Conscious Pilot
The man
Re: McCARTNEY: THE BIOGRAPHY
February 07, 2006 06:04PM
A McCartney is £20 note, Hugh. A Lennon is a £50 note.

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