By Paul McCartney
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. – Paul McCartney on his new book
“THE LYRICS : 1956 TO PRESENT , due out November 2021.
In this extraordinary book, “The Lyrics: 1956 to Present”, presents, with unparalleled candor, Paul McCartney recounting his life and art through the prism of 154 songs (900 pages) 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 present day.
The book is arranged alphabetically to provide a kaleidoscopic rather than a 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.
Except, Macca fans may remember a similar book of Paul’s called “Blackbird Singing- Poems and Lyrics 1965 – 1999”, that came out in 1992.
Paul did extensive promotion for that book, appearing on NPR’s Fresh Air radio program and others, where he discussed rearranging the order of the writing credits on certain songs written by Lennon McCartney.