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Fab : An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney

Fab : An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney

Author: Howard Sounes
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The living embodiment of The Beatles and a musical juggernaut without parallel, Paul McCartney is undoubtedly the patriarch of pop. In this authoritative biography, acclaimed author and journalist Howard Sounes creates the most accurate and extensive profile of McCartney ever built, leaving no stone unturned, and no shadow unexplored. He is the torch-bearer of the Beatles -- the greatest band in pop -- and one of the most closely studied stars in show business. But surprises and secrets still linger in the life of Sir Paul McCartney. In FAB, his full story is told for the first time. Acclaimed author Howard Sounes spent more than two years investigating every aspect of Sir Paul's life and work, including interviewing over 200 people. The result is the richest and more comprehensive biography of McCartney ever written. Uniquely, FAB pays equal attention to the story of Paul McCartney both in the Beatles and post-Beatles, creating a unique narrative spanning the arc of the artist's life. FAB culminates in the sensational human story of Sir Paul's calamitous marriage to Heather Mills, which is fully revealed for the first time. Sounes proves a judicious critic of the music of an iconic star while also delivering a superb psychological portrait of the man.


'The best Beatles book since Revolution in the Head. Thumbs up' - Classic Rock

'As an exhaustive account of McCartney's life, FAB is unparalleled.' - Q Magazine

'The definitive take on an extraordinary career' - Record Collector

'Intrigues all the way through' - The Times

'Difficult to put down' - Mojo

'The graceful prose and superb storytelling create a riveting narrative' - Kirkus Reviews: Best Biographies of 2010

'For fans willing to ponder their hero's flaws, FAB delivers all you need to know' - Rolling Stone

'A good read for those seeking a Pauline perspective on the Beatles plus a look at his solo career' - The Independent

'Ambitious, ruthless and charming: a Liverpool lad's journey to music superstardom and icon status' - Los Angeles Times

'A meticulous and robust life of Paul McCartney! Sounes left no stone unturned' - The Word 

a terrific, entertaining portrait of a musical genius.' - Andrew Donaldson, The Times, South Africa

'So much has been written about the Beatles - and by contrast, so little about McCartney's far longer (and during the'70s nearly as popular) solo career - that Sounes' equal treatment of the eras is welcome.' - The Onion

'Howard Sounes is the biographer who won't take prisoners! Previous McCartney books have been sanitised; FAB is not. The author's breadth of research and witty, dispassionate tone flesh out stories hitherto left in the air. He is brilliant at recreating the 1964-67 period, when McCartney's heyday coincided with the cultural watershed of Britain switching on the colour button. Here you'll find Macca in his pomp, literally, shagging and drinking and drugging. A lord in the harem and a genius in the studio, the charming Beatle is revealed as something of a rogue, albeit one who's at home with the new avant-garde as he is within the establishment! The result is a hilarious, riveting biography and, almost by accident, the best Beatles book since Revolution in the Head. Thumbs up' Classic Rock

'Arguably, it's the author's name itself that's the major draw, Sounes having earlier been praised for Down the Highway, his meticulous study of Bob Dylan. Where Sounes scores, both here and with his Dylan tome, is in scything through the wild undergrowth of facts, misinformation and myths to present a level-headed portrait of a musician who, obviously, is still held in fascination by the public ! he's produced something akin to the definitive take on an extraordinary career' Record Collector

'Fab is a fantastic tome! Sounes has, through hundreds of interviews, built a book about McCartney that addresses the myth, understands the legend and is balanced; never getting anywhere near the all too common hagiography that is the bane of reading the modern music biography / ghost-written autobiography! it's one of the best biographies I've ever read.' -

Author description

Howard Sounes is the author of several acclaimed non-fiction books including the bestselling Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan (2001), an equally well-regarded life of the cult writer Charles Bukowski, as well as the true crime classic Fred & Rose (1995). He lives in London.

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9780007293193
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • : April 2011
  • : 197mm X 130mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : July 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : (1x8pp plates)
  • : Howard Sounes
  • : 656
  • : 782.42166092
  • : 911
  • : Paperback