Liveright / W. W. Norton and Allen Lane / Penguin Press
Edited and Introduced by Paul Muldoon. Described as a self-portrait in 154 songs THE LYRICS gives an extraordinary look into Paul's life and art from all stages of his career. Presented across two volumes the book explored Paul's earliest boyhood compositions through the legendary decade of The Beatles, to Wings and his solo albums to the present.
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.
Since publication The Lyrics hit number one on the New York Times Best Seller List and was awarded Barnes & Noble's and Waterstones's prestigious 'Book Of The Year'.