Books

Earlier works in biography, music and humor.

PAUL McCARTNEY: A LIFE

(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.

REVIEWS:
A.V. Club
The Globe and Mail
Jacksonville.com

CATCH A WAVE: THE RISE, FALL & REDEMPTION OF THE BEACH BOYS’ BRIAN WILSON

(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.

REVIEWS:
New York Times
Popmatters.com
Boston Globe

BEYOND THE LIMITS

(Little, Brown, 1993) Written with mountaineer Stacy Allison, the first American woman to summit Mt. Everest, this autobiography describes her mountaineering achievements in the context of her escape from an abusive marriage.

BRAVE NEW BRIDE

(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.

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