Earlier works in biography, music and humor.
(Simon & Schuster, 2009) A deeply researched biography focusing on McCartney’s work and experiences as a musician, writer and global icon from his earliest days with the Quarrymen in Liverpool through his career with the Beatles, Wings and his ongoing work as a solo artist, performer and, let’s face it, an intriguingly flawed demigod.
(Rodale, 2006) Also written with its subject’s cooperation, a biography of the brilliant songwriter / producer / musician / performer. Along with Wilson’s music and gothic story, analyzes Wilson and the Beach Boys’ impact as modern arbiters of American archetypes, with particular focus on Wilson’s long-unfinished masterwork Smile, whose unexpected rebirth occurred in the midst of Carlin’s work on the book.
(Warner, 1992) A magazine parody. Brides, marriage and attending commercial pyrotechnics mocked in early ‘90s form. Seems naive now, but everything does after two decades of hard road. Plus also check out those youthful pictures of the author and his now-much-older friends. Copies hard to come by. Lost youths even more so.