Why Did Hating Paul McCartney Become Cool?

There's no denying it: Paul McCartney gets a lot of hate. Not just from outside the Beatles fan community, but within it too. But why? What is it about him that offends certain people so much compared with his bandmates? In his excellent book, Dreaming the Beatles, Rob Sheffield writes that if you dislike The Beatles,…

Three Irish Fans, Two Beatles And A Rolling Stone: Paul McCartney in London, 16/12/18

Incredibly, it was eight years ago that I attended my second Paul McCartney concert in Dublin (I've written about both gigs on this blog before — here and here), so it was about time I got a chance to see him again. With a new album being released (the wonderful Egypt Station) I wondered if 2018…

Paul McCartney – Egypt Station (Review)

The release of new Paul McCartney music is always a hugely exciting event. Pressing 'play' for the first time, not knowing what you'll hear but hoping it will live up to expectations... there's nothing like it. Egypt Station, his first studio album since 2013's New, is finally here. The title is based on a painting of Paul's…

The Beatles In The 1970s

As the 1960s came to an end, so did the band who helped define the decade. The break-up of The Beatles had been coming for some time, and it finally became public knowledge in April 1970 when Paul McCartney announced his departure (John Lennon had informed the others of his intention to leave several months earlier, but was urged…

The Beatles As Musicians

It's probably fair to say that The Beatles are revered for their songs first and foremost. This is hardly surprising; however, I've always felt that their musicianship has been somewhat overlooked as a result. Hardcore Beatles fans will always sing their praises in this area, but how often do you hear the average person rave about…

Flowers In The Dirt: McCartney’s Renaissance

With Paul McCartney's 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt due to be reissued next week, it seems like the perfect time to look back on what I consider to be his best work of the decade. Not only did it show that he was still a force to be reckoned with, it yielded one of his most successful musical…

Paul McCartney in Dublin, 2010: The Return Trip

A few weeks ago I wrote about my first time seeing Paul McCartney in concert back in 2009. It was the most perfect experience of my life and I never for a minute thought it would happen again... but it did. Just six months later, on 12 June 2010, he returned to Dublin to play an…

Paul McCartney: The Biography by Philip Norman (Review)

Although it was published in May 2016, I've only just got around to reading this book. This is partly because I received it as a Christmas present, but also because I had a few reservations to begin with. Philip Norman is well known for his previous anti-McCartney sentiment, and as such I expected the worst…