‘Intimate portrait’ of McCartney to Hodder & Stoughton
By Sarah Shaffi
Published July 9, 2015
Hodder & Stoughton has acquired an “intimate portrait” of musician Paul McCartney, written by journalist Paul Du Noyer.
Non fiction publisher Hannah Black acquired world English rights to Conversations with McCartney in a deal with Ros Edwards at Edwards Fuglewicz Literary Agency.
As a young music journalist in 1989, Du Noyer was contacted by McCartney's office and invited to interview the star.
In the years that followed, Du Noyer continued to meet, interview and work closely with McCartney, with their conversations covering music and his private feelings on John Lennon and his late wife Linda, among others.
Written with the permission “and blessing” of McCartney, Conversations With McCartney will draw from Du Noyer’s interview sessions and couple "McCartney’s own candid thoughts with Du Noyer’s observations".
Du Noyer said: “Decades of access to Paul McCartney have been a privilege for me as a writer, and a personal thrill as a fan. I’ve now woven together our many interviews, many published for the first time, because - thanks to Paul's honesty, humour and unique perspective – I think they make for an affectionate and fully-rounded portrait of one of the great musicians of all time.”
Black said: “It’s been a huge privilege to have had the opportunity to work with Paul Du Noyer. It’s as if one has been granted the best ringside seat, listening in to funny, telling, surprising and revealing conversations that ripple over so many varied subjects, years and moods in a way that is mercurial.”
Hodder will publish Conversations with McCartney in £20 hardback and e-book on 24th September.
Music writer Paul Du Noyer
Conversations with McCartney
By Paul Du Noyer
An intimate portrayal of one of the most famous men in music, Sir Paul McCartney.
In June 1989, Paul Du Noyer was contacted by Paul McCartney's office in London and asked to interview the star as they had met once before and enjoyed a good raport.
In the years that followed, Paul Du Noyer continued to meet, interview and work for Paul McCartney on a regular basis, producing magazine articles, tour programmes, album liner notes, press materials and website editorial. It's likely that Du Noyer has spent more hours in formal, recorded conversation with McCartney than any other writer.
McCartney on McCartney is the culmination of Du Noyer's long association with McCartney and his music. It draws from their interview sessions across 35 years, coupling McCartney's own, candid thoughts with his observations and analysis.
Paul Du Noyer was a music journalist for more than 30 years, whose interviewees ranged from Madonna to Pavarotti, David Bowie to Mick Jagger and The Beatles, not least Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Born in Liverpool, Paul was educated at the London School of Economics. He has written the definitive musical histories of both Liverpool and London.
Publication date: 29 Sep 2015
Page count: 320
Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Paul Du Noyer with Paul McCartney at 1990 Q Awards