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Paul McCartney's Wings Take Flight

Paul McCartney's Wings are to take flight again. Pouring out his soul about everything from Beatle law suits to Japanese drug busts, McCartney is to tell all in a film about the Seventies group he set up with his wife Linda after the Beatles broke up. ``I always thought you could not follow The Beatles. 'Wingspan' is the story and soundtrack of how we set out to do it,'' he said in a statement Thursday. The two-hour film, which took three years to make, will be launched on American television in early May and then broadcast around the world. Alongside the film, a double CD featuring 40 songs by Wings will be released. One of their greatest hits was ``Mull Of Kintyre'' which topped the British charts for nine weeks in 1977 -- but many music critics felt the band was a pale successor to the Beatles. McCartney's spokesman Geoff Baker said: ``Among subjects being covered on television for the first time are the trauma of the break-up of The Beatles and how that led him to the brink of a breakdown.'' ``And for the first time Paul has revealed his experiences in prison -- when he was jailed in Tokyo in 1980 for possession of cannabis,'' Baker said. The idea he and Linda had was to form a back-to-basics band. Devastated by the Beatles bust-up, McCartney felt he had to rebuild his pop career from scratch. ``Instead of arriving at stadium concerts in police-escorted limousines, Wings drove themselves to small halls unannounced and uninvited and were paid for their impromptu shows in 50 pence pieces,'' Baker recalled. The television film includes never-before-seen home movie footage of Paul and Linda, who died of breast cancer in 1998. Thirty years after their break-up, Beatleamnia shows no signs of dying down around the world. An anthology of their number one hit singles has topped the charts in 34 countries around the world. The album has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide since its release in mid-November. The Beatles have now stolen the record from another of music's greats, U2, whose album ''Pop'' managed number ones in 32 countries in 1997. By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters)
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