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The Lyrics

1956 to the Present - Slipcase Two Volume Edition

Paul McCartney Paul Muldoon



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Allen Lane
02 November 2021
A self-portrait in 154 songs, by our greatest living songwriter

'More often than I can count, I've been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right. The one thing I've always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs. I know that some people, when they get to a certain age, like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks. What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I've learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life.'

In this extraordinary book, with unparalleled candour, Paul McCartney recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career - from his earliest boyhood compositions through the legendary decade of The Beatles, to Wings and his solo albums to the present. Arranged alphabetically to provide a kaleidoscopic rather than chronological account, it establishes definitive texts of the songs' lyrics for the first time and describes the circumstances in which they were written, the people and places that inspired them, and what he thinks of them now. Presented with this is a treasure trove of material from McCartney's personal archive - drafts, letters, photographs - never seen before, which make this also a unique visual record of one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

We learn intimately about the man, the creative process, the working out of melodies, the moments of inspiration. The voice and personality of Paul McCartney sings off every page. There has never been a book about a great musician like it.

 The Lyrics by Paul McCartney - Slipcase with two volumes. Slipcase with black & white photo of a young Paul with his guitar

By:   Paul McCartney
Edited by:   Paul Muldoon
Imprint:   Allen Lane
ISBN:   9780241519332
ISBN 10:   0241519330
Publication Date:   02 November 2021
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming

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