The eyes of Beatles fans will again be on author Philip Norman when he turns his sights on Paul McCartney in his next book, “Paul McCartney: The Life,” which is coming out this May. It will be published in a U.S. edition May 3 by Little Brown & Co., while in the UK, it’ll be out two days later on May 5 from W&N/Orion Publishing. Both countries will have hardcover, digital and audio versions.
Norman, who has previously written revealing books on The Beatles (“Shout!”) and John Lennon (“John Lennon: The Life”), says unlike the Lennon book which he said Yoko Ono refused to endorse because she felt it was mean to him, his McCartney book has the Beatle’s full support. The publisher’s description says it includes interviews with family members and close friends who have not spoken on the record previously. New revelations in “Shout!” included Norman’s critical discussion about the financial deals Brian Epstein made for the Beatles, while “John Lennon: The Life” had a more detailed portrait of father Freddy Lennon and the relationship between John Lennon and his mother. In addition to his Beatles books, Norman has also penned bios on Elton John, Buddy Holly, The Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger.
In an interview with author Paul Du Noyer, he talked about getting McCartney to agree to cooperate with him. “He did and I was amazed. I thought with the post-John politics, if Yoko was helping me then McCartney would not. But he phoned me one day and he said, ‘I can’t sit down and talk to you because you’ve written some things about me that were hard.’ And they were. So I said, ‘I know, but there are certain things you could tell me, that only you know. Would you do it by email?’ He said yes, and he always answered generously, in lots of detail.” Beatles fans will want to pre-order this one to have it when it comes out.