David Bauder of the Associated Press writes a cool story about PMAL, along with the LA Times’ longtime rock critic Robert Hilburn’s “Cornflakes with John Lennon,” a set of memoirs about his experiences with and among some of the rock world’s biggest names, including the aforementioned John WInston Ono Lennon. Bauder also spoke to Paul for another story right around the time he was reporting this one, and asked him about PMAL. Here’s what Paul had to say:
And while McCartney said he’s grateful that people are interested enough to write a book about his life, he doesn’t plan to read it.
“I’m living it, not reading about it,” McCartney said in an interview. “There’s always something that I’ll see that isn’t true and I’ll either worry about it and say, ‘Oh, God, people are going to read this and think it’s true because it’s in a book,’ or I’m just not going to be a part of it.”
So there we have it.
Also to be had: Suzanne Vega’s review in the New York Times Book Review. This is a bit tougher going, at least for us authorial types, given that she seems a bit lukewarm on the book she’s reading. I could present some kind of point-by-point defense-slash-refutation on some or maybe most of her beefs . . .oh I feel a parenthetical coming on. . .
(For instance, I’d disagree that the book turns entirely sour at the end, if only because the admittedly tart observation she quotes — the part about Paul’s ageless cute one pose, seen most vividly recently during his extremely ill-advised appearance on Brit reality show ‘The X Factor — is followed by an un-quoted, un-referenced and yet literally climactic 1,000 words or so about Paul’s far-more-cool-and-adventurous work on “Electric Arguments.” The book ends with a direct quote from that album’s lyrics — Everywhere a sense of childlike wonder! — that is meant to describe Paul and what strikes me as his truly ageless self… the artist working somewhere out on the horizons of his own imagination. That’s what matters to me about him. That’s what I was trying to describe, while also finding a way to reconcile that beautiful Paul with his at times less-appealing self.)
. . . okay, that’s over. Anyway. Vega didn’t see that part. Nevertheless, she read the book and put some thought into it and her response to it. And though she came away less happy than other readers, I’m honored she took the time and made the effort and wrote something so thoughtful and interesting.