Paul McCartney has announced a new book, “The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present,” due out on November 2.
The two-volume, 960-page book will see McCartney “recount his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career,” according to a press release. The book was edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Muldoon, who also penned the introduction.
“More often than I can count, I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right,” McCartney said.
“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,” he added. “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.”
In addition to lyrics, the book will include never-before seen photographs, letters, drafts, and more.
“Based on conversations I had with Paul McCartney over a five year period, these commentaries are as close to an autobiography as we may ever come,” Muldoon said in press release.
He added, “His insights into his own artistic process confirm a notion at which we had but guessed—that Paul McCartney is a major literary figure who draws upon, and extends, the long tradition of poetry in English.”
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