chris wrote:the first beatle book I ever purchased was The Beatles: Recording Sessions. I must have read it five times and used it as a reference book for a decade. I think that book started with the beatles first...and went on to cover the solo music up to tug of war (which was current at the time). if this is the same sort of thing...I'm buying.
thanks for the heads up monkyb
SOME Q&A with help everyone to get a closer idea of the book's content. Hope you'll like it!
Q. Could you tell us how the idea of this book was born? And how it developed through the years?
A. Since I discovered The Beatles and McCartney’s music, I was extremely curious about facts related to the recording of the music. I was 13, but I was in search for dates, musicians…things that often are omitted in the sleeve notes! Back in 1999, I started thinking that – unbelievably - McCartney did not have a song-by-song book at the time. I was searching for it desperately, but (almost) nothing! So I thought, “Well, I’m going to write it myself!” So I did. It took so long. The last two years were dedicated mostly to the interviews and to the translation from Italian to English, since the first edition of the book has been published in Italy in February 2012 and it was really appreciated by the public. They often said to me: “Thank you, we missed a book like this.”
Q. How the book is organized? What kind of information we will find in it?
A. The book is a song-by-song one, where all the tracks are presented in their order of recording. Each song has recording dates, studios, release information, description, accounts, anecdotes and information - achieved through books, videos, archive interviews or EXCLUSIVE interviews - and last but not least, the list of musicians with their instruments. Each chapter, one year. No strange titles on it: it’s a flow of events.
Q. The real question is: is there something new in the book? Fans are obviously attracted by interesting and NEW information.
A. Yes. Mainly because I interviewed 70 McCartney collaborators: musicians, producers, arrangers, sound engineers. All their memories helped to reconstruct what happened in the studio and add new information to what we knew until now. I tried to obtain from them the best also in terms of new data. My aim was to offer something interesting, and some original research to contribute to the history of Paul McCartney’s recordings.
Q. Tell us about the sources.
A. Tons of books, magazines, footage, official and unofficial recording, old and new interviews, websites. Everything is quoted in the book: you’ll find 874 footnotes. I believe historical research is sources, and the public has to know
Q. Which kind of public the book is suitable to?
Everyone, I would say. Hard-core fans, because they’ll find very detailed stories about each song and new information. Casual fans, because if they’d like to know something, they don’t have to search everywhere to have a quick information. Musicians, because of the fact many musicians offered their recollection with some technical stuff. And everyone who is simply a fan of music, because the book traces of one most important musical careers in history.
Q. Tells us a story from the book.
Really, there are loads. I would go with MULL OF KINTYRE. As we know, it was recorded in Scotland (on August 13th, 1977) with members of the Campbeltown Pipe Band. Sound engineer Tim Summerhayes recalled the evening of the recording in a very detailed interview he gave me… They were recording outside with a mobile unit. He said that at a certain point, they noticed that the tapes looked dirty: when they investigated, they noticed they were full of squashed moths! They had to carefully try clean the tapes without damaging them… It’s worth a read!