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Review by Eoghan Lyng, 26 April 2023
Eoghan Lyng profiles Italian author Luca Perasi's impeccably researched book on the stories behind Paul McCartney's songs.


"With this impeccably researched tome, Italian author Luca Perasi brings us to a type of Ulyssean moment. This is Perasi's follow-up to ‘Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions’ (2013), and although it's too early to say whether or not he's improved on the former, it's safe to say he's matched it. The book is dense and scintillatingly produced, overlooking a catalogue of work that is almost double in length that of the Beatles’." 

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29 May 2023

Luca Perasi’s terrific new book ‘Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas’. Five stars ***** Highly recommended.

"Luca Perasi’s Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas – The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol.1) 1970-1989 is a big, weighty tome. At over 520 pages Music Is Ideas is thick and packed with tons of useful information. It's an obvious labour of love into which he’s poured an enormous amount of thought, hard work and creative effort."



Issue no. 262, June 2023, review by John Firehammer

All in all, this is one of the best Beatles-related references I’ve seen, both in terms of content and in the way it’s organized. Both a compelling browse and rock-solid reference.

"Coming on the heels of Macca’s own The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present and the first volume of Alan Kozinn and Adrian Sinclair’s mammoth McCartney Legacy biography, Italian McCartney expert Luca Perasi’s new book is also a must-have. In fact, it’s a perfect companion to those other big books, and to Paul’s recorded works".

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