9781631492563 198

The Lyrics

1956 to the Present

Volume:Two-Volume Set

November 2021

Territory Rights — Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Paul McCartney (Author), Paul Muldoon (Editor)

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A work of unparalleled candour and splendorous beauty, The Lyrics celebrates the creative life and the musical genius of Paul McCartney through 154 of his most meaningful songs.

From his early Liverpool days, through the historic decade of The Beatles, to Wings and his long solo career, The Lyrics pairs the definitive texts of 154 songs by Paul McCartney with first-person commentaries on his life and music. Spanning two alphabetically arranged volumes, these commentaries reveal how the songs came to be and the people who inspired them: his devoted parents, Mary and Jim; his songwriting partner, John Lennon; his “Golden Earth Girl”, Linda Eastman; his wife, Nancy McCartney; and even Queen Elizabeth II, amongst many others. Here are the origins of “Let It Be”, “Lovely Rita”, “Yesterday”, and “Mull of Kintyre”, as well as McCartney’s literary influences, including Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll and Alan Durband, his secondary school English teacher.

With images from McCartney’s personal archives—handwritten texts, paintings and photographs, hundreds previously unseen—The Lyrics, spanning sixty-four years, is the definitive literary and visual record of one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

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