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The unknown Paul McCartney : McCartney and the avant-garde
Peel, Ian.
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London : Reynolds & Hearn, [2002]

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255 pages ; 24 cm
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ML410.M115 P44 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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For over three decades, Paul McCartney has initiated and participated in projects that have taken him far from the kind of music associated with the Beatles, Wings, and his career as a solo artist. From as far back as the mid-sixties, there have been experimental solo projects, both under his own name and incognito. Among these are the Beatles' legendary "Carnival of Light," the Percy Thrillington diversion in the 70s, and the recent Fireman dance CDs--as well as less-publicized activities, all of which Ian Peel fully details here for the first time. In writing this book, Peel interviewed many of the musicians who have worked closely with McCartney, including Thrillington mainspring Richard Hewson, bassist Herbie Flowers, psychedelic artist David Vaughan, Gong's David Allen, and Frank Zappa collaborator Mike Keneally. What emerges is a unique insight into Paul McCartney's little-known contribution to avant-garde music.

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Ian Peel is a prolific author and journalist, with special interests in new media and avant-garde music

Table of Contents

David Toop
Forewordp. 6
Prefacep. 8
Acknowledgmentsp. 14
1. Brass Bands, Vinyl and Pigeonholesp. 16
2. Influences, Memories and Beatlesp. 20
3. Carnival of Light at the Fantasy-Loon/Blowout/Drag Ballp. 46
4. From Vegetables to Llysiau (and Back)p. 58
5. Music Made with Moogs and Glassesp. 67
6. "An Abundance of Melody" as Easy Listening Fights Backp. 79
7. From Sheep Masks to Pseudonyms (and Baa)p. 88
8. Music Made with Radios and Gizmotronsp. 95
9. The Chapter Nine Remixp. 108
10. It's a Long Way Off the Frog Chorus...p. 127
11. In the Studio with Yoko Onop. 142
12. On Stage with Allen Ginsbergp. 150
13. Crossing the Bridge to Palo Verdep. 159
14. From Steel Towers to Siegen (and Balaclavas)p. 171
15. Real Gone Dub Made in Manifest in the Vortex of the Eternal Nowp. 186
16. Music Made for Families and Neurosesp. 201
Epilogue - A Blind Tastingp. 222
Appendix 1 Listeningp. 231
Appendix 2 Further Listeningp. 234
Appendix 3 Selected Article & Websitesp. 241
Appendix 4 Bibliographyp. 244
Indexp. 246