Noted biographer Phillip Norman will write what is being billed as the "definitive biography" of Paul McCartney, which will be published in 2015, according to USA Today. The still-untitled book has McCartney's approval, and will be published by Reagan Arthur. Norman is no stranger to writing about the Beatles, having published the groundbreaking 1981 book Shout - The Beatles In Their Generation and 2009's John Lennon: The Life. Norman's other works include last year's Mick Jagger biography, 1994's The Stones, along with 1984's Elton John, and 1996's Rave On: The Biography Of Buddy Holly.
Paul McCartney initially refused to help Norman with his John Lennon biography after being slighted in his 1981 book, Shout! The Beatles In Their Generation. Norman recalls that after McCartney's office declined participating in the project, McCartney himself reached out to Norman: "When I set out to write the John Lennon book, I had a feeling that I would have to be much more considering of McCartney's relationship and do a sort of reappraisal of his importance creatively to John, which turned out to be true. The phone went one day, and the voice said, 'It's Paul,' and he said, 'You have written some things about me and I haven't liked them and I can't sit down and talk to you because that would be like it was rewarding you for what you wrote."
Norman said that although he never felt that he was unfair to McCartney in his writings, he accepted McCartney's reasons: "However, I did say 'There are only certain things that only you can say, pronounce upon -- 'Did John kick Stuart (Sutcliffe) in the head?' -- which may have led to Stuart's death from a brain hemorrhage. Or on a very minor level -- 'Have you any recollection of John coming into the boardroom at Apple and announcing that he was Jesus Christ, to the other Beatles' -- which has been in a couple of other books. So, he agreed to answer questions by email."
UPDATED: Paul McCartney North American tour dates (subject to change):
May 18, 19 - Orlando, Florida - Amway Center
May 22, 23 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
May 26 - Memphis, Tennessee - FedEx Forum
May 29, 30 - Tusla, Oklahoma - BOK Center
June 13, 15, 15,16 - Manchester, Tennessee - Bonnaroo Festival (***Show Date TBA)
July 9 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park
July 12 - Washington, DC - Nationals Park
July 14 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse
July 16 - Milwaukee, WI - Miller Park
July 19 - Safeco Field - Seattle, Washington
August 9, 10, 11 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park (***Show Date TBA)
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