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The Author Talks: Philip Norman on Paul McCartney: The Biography
The Author Talks: Philip Norman on Paul McCartney: The Biography
Published: 2016/04/27
Channel: W. F. Howes Ltd
Things We Said Today #184 - Philip Norman
Things We Said Today #184 - Philip Norman
Published: 2016/05/19
Channel: Things We Said Today - A Beatles radio show
Philip Norman-John Lennon: The Life-Bookbits author interview
Philip Norman-John Lennon: The Life-Bookbits author interview
Published: 2008/11/20
Channel: Craig Rintoul
Philip Norman teases his new Paul McCartney book,
Philip Norman teases his new Paul McCartney book, 'The Life'
Published: 2016/04/01
Channel: thefestforbeatlesfans
John Lennon The Life
John Lennon The Life
Published: 2008/10/12
Channel: odgy65
Philip Norman interview about Mick Jagger biography (part 1)
Philip Norman interview about Mick Jagger biography (part 1)
Published: 2012/11/14
Channel: FaceCulture
Philip Norman talks about Paul McCartney
Philip Norman talks about Paul McCartney
Published: 2016/05/11
Channel: Joe Wiz
John Lennon The Life
John Lennon The Life
Published: 2008/10/12
Channel: odgy65
Solid Edge University Keynote: Philip Norman, Ross Robotics
Solid Edge University Keynote: Philip Norman, Ross Robotics
Published: 2015/11/03
Channel: Siemens PLM
Michael Sheen reads from Philip Pullman
Michael Sheen reads from Philip Pullman's 'La Belle Sauvage'
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: Guardian Culture
A Rare Look at Author Phillip Roth
A Rare Look at Author Phillip Roth
Published: 2013/07/13
Channel: FastTheLatestNews
John Lennon by Philip Norman
John Lennon by Philip Norman
Published: 2012/12/28
Channel: ReadOnwithSirMichae1
Philip Norman interview about Mick Jagger biography (part 2)
Philip Norman interview about Mick Jagger biography (part 2)
Published: 2012/11/14
Channel: FaceCulture
30 Renowned Writers Speaking About God
30 Renowned Writers Speaking About God
Published: 2012/01/18
Channel: J Pararajasingham
Philip Norman interview about Mick Jagger biography (part 9)
Philip Norman interview about Mick Jagger biography (part 9)
Published: 2012/11/14
Channel: FaceCulture
Things We Said Today Beatles Radio #184 - Philip Norman
Things We Said Today Beatles Radio #184 - Philip Norman
Published: 2016/05/19
Channel: Steve Marinucci Beatles news
Philip Norman interview about Mick Jagger biography (part 7)
Philip Norman interview about Mick Jagger biography (part 7)
Published: 2012/11/14
Channel: FaceCulture
Philip Norman interview about Mick Jagger biography (part 8)
Philip Norman interview about Mick Jagger biography (part 8)
Published: 2012/11/14
Channel: FaceCulture
John Lennon: Albert Goldman v Hunter Davies. (1 of 2)
John Lennon: Albert Goldman v Hunter Davies. (1 of 2)
Published: 2008/05/11
Channel: Michael Ross
Paul McCartney - Mini Biography
Paul McCartney - Mini Biography
Published: 2013/08/29
Channel: Biography
Richard Crouse talks to Mick Jagger biographer Philip Norman
Richard Crouse talks to Mick Jagger biographer Philip Norman
Published: 2013/07/26
Channel: Richard Crouse
Philip Norman interview about Mick Jagger biography (part 4)
Philip Norman interview about Mick Jagger biography (part 4)
Published: 2012/11/14
Channel: FaceCulture
Philip Norman interview about Mick Jagger biography (part 5)
Philip Norman interview about Mick Jagger biography (part 5)
Published: 2012/11/14
Channel: FaceCulture
Paul McCartney biography in short
Paul McCartney biography in short
Published: 2017/02/21
Channel: World Wide Biographies
Learn English Through Story - The Stranger by Norman Whitney
Learn English Through Story - The Stranger by Norman Whitney
Published: 2017/07/27
Channel: English Story
Philip Norman over zijn boek Mick Jagger
Philip Norman over zijn boek Mick Jagger
Published: 2012/11/07
Channel: Whyilovethisbook
Philip Norman interview about Mick Jagger biography (part 3)
Philip Norman interview about Mick Jagger biography (part 3)
Published: 2012/11/14
Channel: FaceCulture
Mick Jagger, de Philip Norman
Mick Jagger, de Philip Norman
Published: 2014/10/05
Channel: Judith Lucet-Hor
Listen to John Lennon Audiobook by Phillip Norman, narrated by Russell Boulter
Listen to John Lennon Audiobook by Phillip Norman, narrated by Russell Boulter
Published: 2017/01/17
Channel: Cristobal Chester
Paul McCartney – A Biografia, de Philip Norman  || Meus Discos, Meus Livros e Nada Mais...
Paul McCartney – A Biografia, de Philip Norman || Meus Discos, Meus Livros e Nada Mais...
Published: 2017/10/25
Channel: Daniella Zupo
Things We Said Today #185 - McCartney, Dylan, Brian Wilson, Mark Lewisohn
Things We Said Today #185 - McCartney, Dylan, Brian Wilson, Mark Lewisohn
Published: 2016/06/08
Channel: Things We Said Today - A Beatles radio show
Philip Norman over The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Philip Norman over The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Published: 2013/11/25
Channel: Whyilovethisbook
New biography on the wild off stage life of Mick Jagger
New biography on the wild off stage life of Mick Jagger
Published: 2012/07/12
Channel: CNN
Shout!  the Beatles in Their Generation   by Philip Norman
Shout! the Beatles in Their Generation by Philip Norman
Published: 2017/01/31
Channel: Virginia Mcclain
Paul McCartney mini biography
Paul McCartney mini biography
Published: 2014/02/16
Channel: 4everf8ful
Philip Norman-Mick Jagger
Philip Norman-Mick Jagger
Published: 2012/11/23
Channel: Craig Rintoul
Byn Vacum - Philip Norman
Byn Vacum - Philip Norman
Published: 2014/08/13
Channel: Byn Vacum
Philip K. Dick. A Scanner Darkly. Audiobook Full (read by Gary Telles)
Philip K. Dick. A Scanner Darkly. Audiobook Full (read by Gary Telles)
Published: 2016/07/14
Channel: Sci-Fi Audiobooks Collection
Beatles books part 3 (The Insiders)
Beatles books part 3 (The Insiders)
Published: 2015/12/23
Channel: John Heaton
'The Rolling Stones continue until death'
Published: 2012/11/14
Channel: FaceCulture
MICK JAGGER par Philip Norman
MICK JAGGER par Philip Norman
Published: 2013/05/03
Channel: Robert Laffont
Stuart Sutcliffe 1940-1962
Stuart Sutcliffe 1940-1962
Published: 2008/04/11
Channel: Thom Lukas
You Woke Me Up
You Woke Me Up
Published: 2017/08/04
Channel: Judah Kelly - Topic
Philip Norman and the Quest for Villainy
Philip Norman and the Quest for Villainy
Published: 2015/05/17
Channel: juliasschoolprojects
The Ballad of Cynthia Lennon, 1939-2015
The Ballad of Cynthia Lennon, 1939-2015
Published: 2015/04/01
Channel: Wochit News
Phil Norman at The Burnt Toast - Firefly
Phil Norman at The Burnt Toast - Firefly
Published: 2008/08/21
Channel: CostelloCreations
Incontro - A Short Suite, by Philip Norman
Incontro - A Short Suite, by Philip Norman
Published: 2014/06/13
Channel: Rangi Ruru Music
Phil Norman - Follow
Phil Norman - Follow
Published: 2010/11/22
Channel: Phil Norman
Gaithersburg Book Festival Promotes Brian Jay Jones Author Talk
Gaithersburg Book Festival Promotes Brian Jay Jones Author Talk
Published: 2014/03/14
Channel: myMCMedia
Mick Jagger de Philip NORMAN et Philippe PARINGAUX
Mick Jagger de Philip NORMAN et Philippe PARINGAUX
Published: 2016/05/13
Channel: Eugenia Ducharme
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Philip Norman (born 13 April 1943)[1] is an English author, novelist, journalist and playwright. He is best known for his critically acclaimed biographies of the Beatles (Shout!), the Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly and Elton John. His other books include similar studies of John Lennon and Mick Jagger. Norman's biography of Paul McCartney was published in 2016.

Early years[edit]

Norman was born in London but grew up in Ryde, on the Isle of Wight.[2] He attended Ryde School, and his father, Clive Norman, ran the Seagull Ballroom on Ryde Pier. He describes his childhood in the book Babycham Night. Relatives of his produced the eponymous champagne perry in Shepton Mallet.

Career[edit]

Journalism[edit]

Norman began working as a staff writer for The Sunday Times in 1965.[2] In addition to writing the newspaper's Atticus column, he gained notice during the late 1960s and over the following decade for his profiles of public figures such as Elizabeth Taylor, P.G. Wodehouse and Muammar Gaddafi,[2] and of musical artists, including James Brown, Little Richard, the Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart and the Everly Brothers.[3]

Another of his assignments was to investigate and report on the problems afflicting the Beatles' multimedia company Apple Corps.[4][5] In the 1970s, he also worked as The Times' rock music critic.[3]

As author and novelist[edit]

Shout![edit]

Norman's first book, Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation, was published in 1981. An immediate bestseller,[2] it has since sold over 1 million copies.[3] The New York Times described Shout! as "the definitive biography [of the Beatles] – comprehensive, intelligent, sensitively written and exhaustively researched",[5] while the Chicago Sun-Times admired it as "The best, most detailed, and most serious biography of the Beatles and their time."

The book portrays Paul McCartney in an unfavourable light, and the former Beatle voiced his objections to Norman's characterisation of him as "the great manipulator".[6] Norman later recalled that when promoting Shout! on the television show Good Morning America in May 1981, he described Lennon as having represented "three-quarters of the Beatles" and was rewarded with an invitation to visit Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono.[7] Norman also recalled that he had heard that McCartney had taken to calling the book Shite![8]

In his review of the most popular books about the group, in The Rough Guide to the Beatles, Chris Ingham writes that Norman displays a "clear dislike" for McCartney yet Shout! merits the praise it has received, due to "the rigour of its research and insightful reflection of the times".[6] Writing in 2005, Beatles biographer Ian MacDonald said that Norman's book "remains the sharpest account of The Beatles' career" and suggested that its anti-McCartney sentiments were balanced by the 1997 publication of Barry Miles' Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now.[9]

Further writing and opinions on the Beatles[edit]

Norman was interviewed in 1987 for a feature on George Harrison on the show West 57th Street, during which he stated that Harrison's view of the Beatles' history was the only reliable first-hand account, given Lennon's death seven years before.[10] When asked for an explanation, Norman said that McCartney "rewrites history all the time" and Ringo Starr was unable to remember due to his indulgences with alcohol and drugs.[11] Reporting on the British media's reaction to Harrison's death in November 2001, Spencer Leigh wrote that "the only sour note" had come from a piece written by Norman in The Sunday Times. According to Leigh, Norman's article "tore away at Harrison's memory" by branding him "a serial philanderer" and denigrating his standing as a humanitarian.[12]

In October 2008 Norman's 800-page book John Lennon: The Life was released to some controversy. According to Sean O'Hagan of The Observer, the tone of the book falls midway between the "extravagantly spiteful" narrative of Albert Goldman's 1988 biography The Lives of John Lennon and the "respectful, going-on adulatory" message of Ray Coleman's Lennon: The Definitive Biography, published in 1984. O'Hagan reported that Ono and McCartney, both of whom had co-operated with Norman during the book's creation, were displeased with the result.[13]

Norman's book on McCartney, titled Paul McCartney: The Biography, was announced for publication in the UK on 5 May 2016 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.[14]

Other works[edit]

Norman has also published what the music journalism website Rock's Backpages describes as "definitive biographies" of Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones and Elton John.[3] Additionally, Norman has authored six works of fiction, and two plays: The Man That Got Away and Words of Love.

Published biographies[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Guardian, p. 55, 13 April 2014  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  2. ^ a b c d Norman, Philip (2001). The Stones: The Acclaimed Biography. London: Sidgwick & Jackson. p. i (author biography). ISBN 0-283-07277-6. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Philip Norman". Rock's Backpages. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Philip Norman bio at Harper Collins Publishers
  5. ^ a b Hohan, Randolph, "They Love They Take and Make", New York Times, 5 April 1981.
  6. ^ a b Ingham, Chris (2006). The Rough Guide to the Beatles (2nd edn). London: Rough Guides/Penguin. p. 279. ISBN 978-1-84836-525-4. 
  7. ^ Norman 2016, p. 8.
  8. ^ Norman 2016, p. 9.
  9. ^ MacDonald, Ian (2007). Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties (3rd edn). Chicago, IL: Chicago Review Press. p. 473. ISBN 978-1-55652-733-3. 
  10. ^ Badman 2001, pp. 397–98.
  11. ^ Badman 2001, p. 398.
  12. ^ Leigh, Spencer (25 January 2002). "Our Sweet George: How George Harrison's death was reported in the U.K. media". Goldmine. p. 57. 
  13. ^ O'Hagan, Sean (5 October 2008). "Rock from a hard place". The Observer/theguardian.com. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  14. ^ Norman, Philip (13 March 2016). "Philip Norman on George Martin: ‘It could easily have been Lennon, McCartney and Martin’". The Observer/theguardian.com. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 

Sources[edit]

  • Badman, Keith (2001). The Beatles Diary Volume 2: After the Break-Up 1970–2001. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-7119-8307-6. 
  • Norman, Philip (2016). Paul McCartney: The Life. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 978-0-316-32796-1. 

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