||Behind-the-scenes controversy runs rampant in BAND ON THE RUN, Garry McGee's gossipy biography of Wings, Paul McCartney's post-Beatles return to the world of pop. A band with a high personnel turnover, going through six incarnations in its lifetime from 1971 to 1981, Wings emerges as less a collaboration of like-minded musicians than an extension of its leader's ego. McGee depicts the controversy over Paul's non-musician wife Linda's inclusion in Wings' line-up, and McCartney's Scrooge-like attitude towards the payment of his fellow musicians, who are kept on a wage despite the band's string of million-selling records like 1976's "Silly Love Songs" and 1977's "Mull of Kintyre." Troubled guitarist Jimmy McCulloch is found dead under suspicious and still unexplained circumstances, McCartney neglects to attend his own father's funeral, and the band's tour of Japan is canceled when its leader is arrested after marijuana is found in his suitcase. Along the way, hit records and sold-out tours alternate with petty bickering and half-baked publicity stunts in an illuminating refutation of the popular view of Paul McCartney as a smooth image manipulator. Wings' 1970s pop legacy may be very much of its era, but McGee's tale is a revealing account of the background to the first decade of McCartney's post-Fab Four career.
||By 1970, resented by many Beatles fans as the initiator of the Fab Four's demise, Paul McCartney set out with a hand-picked cadre of studio musicians to refocus and refine his artistic ambitions. The resultant album, Ram, achieved commercial success but also critical scorn - a pattern repeated throughout Paul's post-Beatles career. Soon thereafter, the band - including wife Linda on keyboards, ex-Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine, and American session drummer Denny Seiwell - formed the first official incarnation of Wings, a group that, by many measures, was more commercially successful that the Beatles themselves.|For ten dramatic and turbulent years, the band weathered an extensive touring schedule, pot busts, a harrowing recording stint in Nigeria, and a revolving door of band members. Band on the Run - the first book to focus exclusively on Paul's post-Beatles years - tells the stories behind the #1 hits: "Live and Let Die," "Listen to What the Man Said," " My Love," "Band on the Run," "Silly Love Songs," "With a Little Luck," and "Coming Up." Garry McGee examines the band's inner dynamics and conflicts; Paul's determination to pursue a new sound; the criticisms that Linda endured from fans and journalists; and the real reasons behind the never-ending lineup changes.|Appendices include an exclusive interview with former Wings guitarist Henry McCullough, a complete discography, a list of singles with Paul's commentary on each song, and much more. Featuring a treasure trove of rare Wings promotional material - album covers, posters, ads, and candid photos of the band on tour - Band on the Run serves as the Wings reference guide and as an indispensable chronicle of Paul McCartney's life and career after the Beatles.