In every corner of the world the early 2020s were defined by one phenomenon: COVID-19. In the isolation of “Rockdown” Paul found himself fleshing out McCartney III, the stripped back, self-produced solo work which scored him his first UK #1 album in 31 years. It also marked a period of reflection, as Paul revisited key moments in his life for the candid book THE LYRICS: 1956 to the Present; in the documentary The Beatles: Get Back; and in the Rick Rubin-produced McCartney 3,2,1. The moment circumstances allowed, Paul announced new live dates with the GOT BACK tour and a headline performance at Glastonbury Festival.
The thirteenth instalment in Paul’s Grammy Award-winning Archive Collection series Flaming Pie (Archive Collection) comprised of the original 1997 album remastered at Abbey Road Studios, 32 bonus audio tracks including unheard home recordings and demos, alternative studio recordings, rough mixes and B-sides including selections from Oobu Joobu parts 1-6. This release saw a strictly limited edition 4LP/5CD/2DVD Collector’s Edition box released which features ‘The Ballad of the Skeletons’ – Paul’s 1996 collaboration with Allen Ginsberg, also featuring Philip Glass and Lenny Kaye.
I remember just having a laugh with Jeff Lynne, and the various people I worked with on the album. We had quite a lot of fun making it - Steve Miller, Jeff Lynne and I, and Ringo was there too. So, I think those are my favourite memories, just working with them all.
Paul hadn’t planned to release an album in 2020, but in the isolation of “Rockdown,” he soon found himself fleshing out some existing musical sketches and creating even more new ones. Before long an eclectic collection of spontaneous songs would become McCartney III : a stripped back, self-produced and, quite literally, solo work marking the opening of a new decade, in the tradition of 1970’s McCartney and 1980’s McCartney II.
I realised there were some songs that I half worked on, so I started finishing those up. Then there were songs that I’d never worked on, but I'd written year or so ago, and I enjoyed going back to them because it wasn't for anything. It felt homemade...
This song is kind of an idealistic thing, a hippy existence on a farm, planting trees, mending fences and living the good life which is something I like. I love nature and I love that idea of getting down and getting your hands dirty.
Personally curated by Paul, McCartney III Imagined features an A-List assortment of friends, fans and brand new acquaintances, each covering and/or reimagining their favourite McCartney III moments in their own signature styles. Featuring Anderson .Paak, Beck, Blood Orange, Damon Albarn, EOB, Josh Homme, Khruangbin, 3D RDN from Massive Attack, Phoebe Bridgers, St. Vincent & more
I loved people reimagining these songs. Every time one came in it was like a Christmas gift! I’m really glad that the artists had a free shot at what they wanted to do with it. Nobody was given any strict briefs, so it was really interesting to see who did what...
Working in collaboration between Royal Mail, Paul and his team at MPL, this limited collection of stamps feature some of Paul’s most loved album covers and his passion for studio recording.
Over thirty years ago, Linda McCartney first blazed the trail for meat-free cooking, and she shared the pleasure of eating compassionately around her family table. In 2021 Paul, Mary and Stella brought Linda’s kitchen up to date, re-inventing her best-loved recipes for the plant-based cook, alongside their favourite family stories and the dishes that they now eat at home.
Linda was blazing the trail with vegetarianism, telling people about it and promoting it. At home, she would cook for the family and these recipes have been now brought up to date for a modern audience, so they’re all now plant-based and fabulous.
From UPDATED: 'Linda McCartney’s Family Kitchen' by Linda, Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney out now!
McCartney 3,2,1 showed a rare, in-depth, one on one discussion between Paul and legendary producer Rick Rubin. Across a six-part documentary series the pair discussed Paul’s groundbreaking work with The Beatles, the emblematic 70s arena rock of Wings and his 50-plus years as a solo artist.
The sequel to Paul's internationally bestselling picture book, Hey Grandude! landed arrived on shores in 2021. Grandude’s Green Submarine continues the adventures of Grandude and his Chillers as they set off on a quest to find their music-loving grandmother, Nandude!
Writing Grandude’s adventures is something I love, so it made sense to keep going and write more of his story. I hope parents, grandparents and Chillers alike get a lot of pleasure from this new book!
Described as a self-portrait in 154 songs THE LYRICS gave an extraordinary look into Paul's life and art from all stages of his career. Presented across two volumes the book explored Paul's earliest boyhood compositions through the legendary decade of The Beatles, to Wings and his solo albums to the present.
I hope that what I’ve written will show people something about my songs and my life which they haven’t seen before. I’ve tried to say something about how the music happens and what it means to me and I hope what it may mean to others too.
From 'THE LYRICS: 1956 to the Present' to be published in November
Following more than a year of speculation, Paul GOT BACK on the road with a 13-city return to stages. Kicking off April 28 with Paul’s first ever show in Spokane and running through to June 16 in East Rutherford NJ, where Paul will play MetLife Stadium for the first time since 2016, GOT BACK see's Paul’s live debuts in Hollywood FL, Knoxville TN and Winston-Salem NC, his first Fort Worth TX and Baltimore MD shows since 1976 with Wings and 1964 with The Beatles, respectively, and his first Oakland CA date in 20 years. The tour will also include stops in cities where Paul has put in more recent yet no less unforgettable performances, including Boston MA, Los Angeles CA, Orlando FL, Seattle WA, and Syracuse NY.
A limited edition 12" single of 'Women and Wives' was released for Record Store Day 2022, featuring a B-side of St. Vincent's McCartney III Imagined remix of the song. The single was Record Store Day's inaugural Song of the Year.
Paul warms up for his Glastonbury headlining performance with an intimate set, full of wonderful surprises. Performing live in Frome, Somerset at the 'Cheese and Grain'. Tickets for this extraordinary experience are available only at the 'Cheese and Grain' box office - in-person only - and is available on a strictly first-come first-served basis.
Paul headlined the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night of Glastonbury Festival 2022, with an exhilarating performance featuring special guests Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl. Paul previously headlined the Festival in 2004.
The 7” Singles Box is the ultimate package for any McCartney fan. From 1971’s 'Another Day' to a 7” version of 2022’s Record Store Day Song of the Year, 'Women and Wives' (taken from 2020’s chart-topping McCartney III) - the 80 singles included represent half a century of Paul’s life showcasing his prolific creativity and relentless innovation. An absolute treasure trove of music, the box set features recreations of 65 singles – complete with their original B-sides (using restored artwork from 11 different countries) as well as 15 singles never before released on 7”.