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On November 2, 2021, a new book entitled “The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present” was published. First announced in February 2021, it covers Paul McCartney’s early Liverpool days, the Beatles, Wings, and solo careers, by pairing the lyrics of 154 of his songs with first-person commentaries of the circumstances in which they were written, the people and places that inspired them, and what he thinks of them now.
On this day, to promote this book, Paul McCartney and co-author Paul Muldoon held an event at the Southbank Centre, London.
From The Lyrics: Paul McCartney in Conversation (southbankcentre.co.uk), October 16, 2021:
Paul McCartney celebrates his new book, The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present, in a world-exclusive event with author Paul Muldoon, chaired by Samira Ahmed.
Hear them discuss the extraordinary book in which, with unparalleled candour, McCartney recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career.
The Lyrics encompasses 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 never-seen-before material from McCartney’s personal archive – drafts, letters, photographs – which make this also a unique visual record of one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear McCartney discuss his life, the creative process and the moments of inspiration.
Presented in partnership with Penguin Live
I never really said ‘John I love you man’, I never got round to it. So now it’s great to just realise how much I love this man…Paul McCartney
Last updated on November 11, 2021