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Angie McCartney launches New Book

On 30th January, the 44th anniversary of The Beatles last performance on top of the Apple Building, Angie McCartney, Paul’s step-mum, launched her new book, “My Long and Winding Road”, to a packed audience at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall.

I wisely got there early to avoid the mad rush, and got my book signed by Angie before the show started.

And what a show! This was a book launch like no other! The evening comprised of short videos, created by Ruth McCartney and her husband, involving narration from Angie and Ruth, giving us excerpts from the stories in the book. In between, they had flown the amazing “Tetrads” Beatles tribute band all the way from Japan, the amazing “Backwards Beatles Tribute Band” and “Pangea” The Beatles revival band from Europe and featuring the UK’s No1 Beatles Tribute band the “FAB Beatles”. Each band covered a different era of Beatles music.

With the stage transformed into the Apple rooftop, the bands were excellent. “Tetrads” sang perfectly, but their only words of English were introductions written on paper which they read out, to the delight of the audience.

Most of the evening was compered by local DJ Pete Price, a family friend of the McCartneys, who talks to Angie in Hollywood during his program every week. When he had to dash off to do his show, Ruth McCartney took over as MC.

For those who couldn’t be there, the event was being transmitted around the world using the App set up especially for the event.

Angie has always supported the Linda McCartney Breast Cancer Centre in Liverpool, and a raffle with fabulous prizes was drawn.

However, the highlights were when a panel was arranged at a table on the stage, where Angie fielded questions from special guests on the night: Freda Kelly, Epstein’s PA and secretary of the Beatles Fan Club; Billy Hatton, member of The Fourmost, and Kevin Roach from Liverpool Records Office (and author of The McCartney’s).

She told us some lovely stories about her time with Jim, and how she and Ruth were welcomed into the McCartney family (Jim was keen to formally change Ruth’s surname to McCartney).

The most interesting story of the night was about Paul’s recording of his song, “Blackbird”. When Angie’s mother Edie was staying with the McCartneys at Rembrandt, she wasn’t too well, so Paul, who was really caring, went up and talked to Edie. She told Paul how she woke in the early hours and would listen to a blackbird singing in the tree in the garden. Paul then made a recording of him singing “Blackbird”, on which he says, “This is for Edie” and then sings the song. This recording was played for us, and Angie still has the original tape in her treasure chest! A gem.

At 83, Angie is still sprightly and obviously loved “coming home” to Liverpool for the first time in over a decade, and had members of her family in the audience.

It was a special homecoming for a special lady for what looks like a fascinating book.

A review will follow……

David Bedford

PS Angie very kindly told the audience how many Beatles books were “crap”, but “there is a young man here tonight, David Bedford, who has written a fabulous book, ‘Liddypool’.” Thanks Angie!