Many Years From Now -- Front Cover Many Years From Now

Author : Barry Miles
Editor : Secker & Warburg, London
Date : 1997
Language : English
Pages : 654

Based on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews undertaken over a period of five years by Barry Miles, and on complete access to McCartney's own archives, this is Paul McCartney in his own words.

It is a history from the inside of one of the greatest song-writing partnerships of the century. It is the private life of a man made public property - a Beatle - by the age of twenty-one. It is the trajectory of the most popular pop group in history, from beginnings to break-up. It is the story of the sixties by the man at the centre of the storm. It is music, drugs, women, money, madness, the Maharishi, art, love, peace, bitterness, from beginning to end. It is the story as never told before.

As its centre, of course, is Paul McCartney's relationship with John Lennon - as friend, collaborator, as part of 'Lennon/McCartney' - two young guys from Liverpool who went on to change the world - and finally as bitter rivals in a struggle for the soul and the business control of the Beatles. McCartney recalls the genesis of every song he and Lennon wrote together and talks in fascinating detail about how they worked and who was responsible for which line, which melody.

Paul McCartney: "I'll give you it as I remember it... a sequence of things that did happen within a period. So, it's my recollection of then...
Along the way I'd like to register the fact that John was great, he was absolutely wonderful and I did love him, lest it be seen that I'm trying now to do my own kind of revisionism. He was fabulous, but really all I'm saying is that I have my side of the affair as well, which sometimes gets ignored, hence my agreeing to be a part of this book.

There have been countless words written - and more than a few sung - about Paul McCartney.
Many Years From Now is the book that, at last, sets the record straight.

BARRY MILES (known as Miles) has known Paul McCartney for many years. A co-founder of International Times in the sixties, he set up, with Paul's help, the Indica Bookshop/Gallery where John and Yoko met in 1966. He subsequently ran Zapple, the spoken word label of Apple Records. His previous books include a highly praised biography of Allen Ginsberg, and he is currently engaged on books about Jack Kerouac and the Beat Hotel in Paris.