An Ever Present Past: Youth and Persona in Paul McCartney’s Self-Titled Solo Albums

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Abstract

This article examines age in the work of Paul McCartney. It investigates how McCartney’s ongoing engagement with his own youth has shaped his musical output and accompanying visuals at key points throughout his career. It focuses specifically on the extended trilogy of self-titled McCartney albums, which culminates in two of his most recent releases, McCartney III (Capitol 2020) and McCartney III Imagined (Capitol 2021). Exploring Paul McCartney’s voice in his music and image in his music videos, this article considers the McCartney albums as a distinct statement on the role of age in popular music.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58
Number of pages76
JournalIASPM Journal
Volume14
Issue number1
Early online date18 Mar 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Paul McCartney
  • Beatles
  • popular music
  • Popular Music Studies
  • age
  • voice
  • youth
  • music video

Research Groups

  • Emergent Media & Entertainment Research Group

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