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Paul McCartney asked DIY to sit in on a world exclusive interview, in which he discussed his ‘80s LP ‘Pipes of Peace’ in conversation with Manic Street Preachers’ frontman James Dean Bradfield. After teasing his followers on social media yesterday, the Paul McCartney interview with DIY has gone live online this morning.
Paul McCartney is re-issuing ‘Pipes of Peace’ as part of his archive series, along with its unofficial companion album; the comparatively fraught and violent ‘Tug of War’. Having disbanded his first post-Beatles band Wings to focus on his solo work, John Lennon was murdered half way through the album sessions for both ‘Pipes for Peace’ and ‘Tug of War’. These two records came at a pivotal time in McCartney’s life.
For James Dean Bradfield, who bought ‘Pipes of Peace’ aged 14, asking the former Beatles member about it was the dream pairing. Seated in the same London room where McCartney and Michael Jackson wrote their number one single ‘Say Say Say,’ together for the album, the two musicians discussed the lyrical vulnerability of ‘Pipes of Peace,’ and McCartney’s experience trying to forge ahead with a solo career in the aftermath of The Beatles. You can read our full Paul McCartney feature exclusively on DIYmag.com