The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present
  • The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present
  • The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present
  • The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present
  • The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present
  • The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present
ISBN: 163149256X
EAN13: 9781631492563
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 2, 2021
Pages: 960
Weight: 1.250021 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

From his early Liverpool days, through the historic decade of The Beatles, to Wings and his long solo career, The Lyrics pairs the definitive texts of 154 Paul McCartney songs with first-person commentaries on his life and music. Spanning two alphabetically arranged volumes, these 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, Yesterday, and Mull of Kintyre, as well as McCartney's literary influences, including Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, and Alan Durband, his high-school English teacher.

With images from McCartney's personal archives--handwritten texts, paintings, and photographs, hundreds previously unseen--The Lyrics, spanning sixty-four years, becomes the definitive literary and visual record of one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

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5
   I GORGED ON THIS
I thought it would take me a month to read this, but I was a fan of the song and also a bass player, so I was able to get to Paul's commentary fast. Finished in two weeks.
 
5
   Fantastic for fans of Paul McCartney
Paul's inspiration and thought processes are fascinating to see. His stories and anecdotes are lovely and make you fall in love with the melody time and time again.
 
5
   This is fantastic!
I got this for my daughter for Christmas and she loved it, it was very well made and she loved it.
 
5
   Wonderful gift to the fans
This isn't a in depth study of all the songs he wrote. These two volumes are worth the purchase because of the insights, personal photos and thoughts that he talks about.
 
5
   Fabulous!
Everything I hoped it would be is beautiful. I can't put it down. I'm glad I found out about it.
 
5
   Absolutely wonderful
The songs are in alphabetical order. There are a lot of pictures. Information and words are included in the songs. My husband is very fond of it. It's!
 
5
   Great read and pictures.
This is a set of books that have been admired by a long time fan of the beatles. I haven't read much yet but I've enjoyed what I've seen and read.
 
2
   Nothing new or revealing.
I was very disappointed with the purchase. Paul doesn't give any information that isn't already available. He said that he didn't need to write an auto-biography because the lyrics to his songs were commentary on his life. A lot of bunk. He doesn't reveal anything when discussing his most personal songs. I wish I had not spent my money on this.
 
5
   Beautiful. Can’t put the book down!
Stunning packaging. When I received it, I was surprised at how heavy it was. Photos and stories are both great. This incredible set of stories was put together over the course of 5 years. I hope to see Paul in concert while he is still on tour.
 
5
   Beautiful!
This set is the closest thing to an autobiography we will get from Paul. I paid $60 for it. The reproductions are beautiful and the foreword is touching as you read about the impact his parents had on him. There are lots of tidbits about John in the book. You can get it while you can. It's a must-have for true fans.
 
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