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November 5, 2021 - March 13, 2022

“Paul McCartney: The Lyrics” exhibition at the British Library


Last updated on December 22, 2023


  • Location: British Library, London, UK


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From Paul reveals the 154 songs featured in ‘THE LYRICS: 1956 to the Present’ | PaulMcCartney.com, August 23, 2021:

To accompany the new book, the British Library has announced it will host a free display entitled Paul McCartney: The Lyrics (5 November 2021 – 13 March 2022), which will celebrate the songwriter and performer and feature previously unseen lyrics from his personal archive. Handwritten lyrics and photographs spanning McCartney’s career will reveal the process and people behind some of the most famous songs of all time, from his earliest compositions through legendary decades of The Beatles and Wings to the present. 

From Paul McCartney: The Lyrics – The British Library (bl.uk):

A display of lyrics behind the most famous songs of all time

Showcasing previously unseen material from Paul McCartney’s personal archive, our free Entrance Hall display celebrates the life and art of one of the world’s most successful songwriters and performers.

The lyrics and photographs span his career – from his earliest compositions through the legendary decade of The Beatles, to Wings and his solo albums to the present.

Open for everyone, this display accompanies the Beatles’ lyrics featured in our free Treasures Gallery alongside works by his literary inspirations Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll and Virginia Woolf.

The display includes highlights from the 154 songs included in Paul McCartney – The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present published by Allen Lane this autumn, which recounts his life and art through the prism of songs from all stages of his career.

From Facebook – Now open! A free display of photographs and handwritten lyrics has opened today at The British Library in London. ‘Paul McCartney: The Lyrics’ is on until 13 March 2022.
From @beatles.archive on Instagram: “Paul McCartney – The Lyrics Exhibition at The British Library,London. #paulmccartney #paulmccartneyandwings #lindamccartney #thebeatles…”
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