New book with Paul’s song lyrics and stories
In November, a slipcase containing two books with the lyrics of Paul McCartney will be published, each is 480 pages long. Paul is also going to talk about each song, under which circumstances it was conceived, and what he thinks of it in hindsight. He will also be supplying memorabilia to illustrate the book, including never before seen letters, papers and photos. The 154 songs are arranged alphabetically and span over his whole career – from 1956 to the present.
Paul: “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.”
The Allen Lane imprint of Penguin Random House publish one of these editions and the other edition, the one available in the USA, is published by Liveright which is an imprint of W.W. Norton. This edition will also be available for sale in Europe and Scandinavia as well as the USA.
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.
So what we are saying is that it’s a thousand pages (give or take a few), and Paul’s 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, among many others. Here are the origins of «Let It Be,» «Lovely Rita,l lYesterday,» and «Mull of Kintyre,» as well as McCartney’s literary influences, including Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, and Alan Durband, his high-school English teacher. 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.
Each volume is 480 pages, not available separately. By Paul McCartney (Author) and Paul Muldoon (Editor).