Paul McCartney has lived an extraordinary life in popular music and popular culture. His careers as a Beatle, as a solo musician and band leader in Wings, and in areas outside music have varied tremendously and are well-documented. That Was Me explores the impact of Paul McCartney as a musician outside the Beatles, identifying the continued excitement in generations of fans and listeners, and his perennial efforts to perform and record music. Richard Driver argues that his solo career is multi-faceted and extremely diverse, ranging from breaking sharply with the style and output of the Beatles to experimenting in orchestral and operatic music and returning to music designed to emulate and reproduce the style, success, and popularity of the Beatles. Through McCartney we can literally and symbolically view and revisit the popular music phenomenon that was the Beatles, and popular music from the 1950s to today.
Richard D. Driver is professor of history at McLennan Community College.
Introduction: That Was Me: Paul McCartney’s Career and the Legacy of the Beatles
Chapter 1: The Beatles and Paul McCartney: A Historical and Cultural Legacy
Chapter 2: McCartney in the Wake of Let It Be: The Legacy of the Beatles
Chapter 3: McCartney on the Run with Wings: The Career of Paul McCartney
Chapter 4: Tragedy and Reunion for McCartney: “I Still Remember How It Was Before”
Chapter 5: Re-Meet the Beatles: McCartney and the Anthology
Chapter 6: McCartney and the Beatles Legacy: “The Same Me That Stands Here Now”
Chapter 7: McCartney at Egypt Station: Anniversaries, Experimentation, and Rejuvenation
Chapter 8: Made in Rockdown: McCartney III and Paul McCartney’s Legacy
Conclusion: McCartney Live: His Legacy in Concert, 2002-2022
Appendix: Selected Discography
About the Author
That Was Me is an engaging and insightful journey through the prolific and awe-inspiring career of Paul McCartney. With focus on Sir Paul’s post-Beatles years, Richard Driver explores the vast output of McCartney, from his homespun solo albums to his more elaborate compositions and productions, and from his videos and tours to his collaborations with his former Beatles and a multitude of other pop stars. The result is a rich history of a pop music master and a fascinating guide for music fans and a highly useful resource for scholars.
"Richard Driver’s That Was Me: Paul McCartney’s Career and the Legacy of the Beatles provides readers with a comprehensive review of the life and work of popular music’s most acclaimed singer-songwriter. Driver devotes special attention to McCartney’s post-Beatles evolution, a period that has seen the artist make and remake himself in response to a music scene beset by near-constant change. In so doing, Driver reminds us, in powerful fashion, why McCartney’s Beatles-era and solo efforts have stood the test of time."