Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
624
Utgivningsdatum
2023-11-07
Förlag
Penguin
Medarbetare
Muldoon, Paul (red.)
Illustratör/Fotograf
black and white Illustrations
Illustrationer
Illustrations, black and white
Dimensioner
234 x 153 x 35 mm
Vikt
1006 g
ISBN
9781802064223
The Lyrics (häftad)

The Lyrics

1956 to the Present

Häftad,  Engelska, 2023-11-07
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The Sunday Times bestseller and Waterstones Book of the Year, now in paperback Paul McCartney says this is as close as he will get to an autobiography and no wonder his life is in every line of these songs ... pure joy Sunday Times, Book of the Year With seven songs added for this edition: Bluebird, Day Tripper, English Tea, Every Night, Hello, Goodbye, Magical Mystery Tour and Step Inside Love Spanning seven decades from his early Liverpool days, through the historic decade of The Beatles, to Wings and his long solo career Paul McCartneys The Lyrics has transformed the way artists write about music, pairing the definitive texts of 161 songs with intimate, autobiographical commentaries on McCartneys life and music. Arranged alphabetically, these commentaries reveal the diverse circumstances in which the songs were written, how they ultimately came to be, and the remarkable often ordinary people and places that inspired them. Dozens of vignettes re-create the working-class Liverpool of McCartneys youth, where delivery boys ran parcels on docks, as in On My Way to Work, and elderly ladies in the neighbourhood inspired Eleanor Rigby. McCartney also introduces us to his early literary influences, among them Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll and Allen Ginsberg, as well as Alan Durband, his beloved English teacher, and his mother, Mary, who passed away when he was just fourteen and whose memory has infused his work ever since. Yet the two most powerful presences in The Lyrics after the author himself are his songwriting partner, John Lennon, and his Golden Earth Girl, Linda Eastman McCartney. Here McCartney describes how he met John at a church fte in 1957; their adventures with George Harrison and Ringo Starr in the early 1960s; and how, at the end of the decade, they, and The Beatles, broke up. Thus began a second act of now more than fifty years, with Linda and family life as driving forces inspiring songs from Maybe Im Amazed, written just after the breakup of The Beatles, to the 2012 ballad My Valentine, addressed to McCartneys wife and partner, Nancy Shevell McCartney. Edited and introduced by Pulitzer Prizewinning poet Paul Muldoon, and enhanced by more than a hundred images from McCartneys personal archives including handwritten texts, mementos, and photographs and seven new song commentaries, The Lyrics is a book for the ages, and the definitive literary and visual record of one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
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The Lyrics is a triumph. It is hugely readable, devoid of rock clich, and full of fresh stories and opinions that even devoted fans won't have encountered before. The pictures of McCartney and of handwritten lyrics, many of them never previously published, are worth the entry ticket on their own and the quality of the boxed product makes it a tactile pleasure and fun to possess. All that, and its highly original organisation, means you never get bogged down in a period of his life you don't find interesting ... The Lyrics is McCartney at his best. * The Times * I know it all... or so I thought until I read Paul McCartney's magical treasure trove of a book ... Touching... bountiful * Mail on Sunday * His composing methodology is revealed as a kind of innocent and endless curiosity ... this mighty tome is billed as the closest thing to an autobiography McCartney will ever write. It comprises 154 songs, with hundreds of fascinating photos and handwritten lyrics from McCartney's collection, and an informal, thoughtful text assembled from conversations conducted with acclaimed Irish poet Paul Muldoon ... McCartney is a playful and brilliant wordsmith ... His book of lyrics is charming * Daily Telegraph * Reading "The Lyrics" is like standing in a master chef's kitchen as he prepares a dish, adding a dash of this and a spoonful of that and talking to us so winningly ... there's nothing like listening to Macca (as McCartney was known in his Liverpool days) talk about the rise of a band composed largely of working-class teens who changed the world forever ... charming * Washington Post * With a gravity, reverence and sense of occasion that hasn't been seen since the Levites rolled out the Ark of the Covenant, the complete lyrics of Paul McCartney are published at last ... This vast, absorbing book is studded with McCartneyisms that make you rub your eyes * Sunday Times * Describing it as a book doesn't quite capture the object. It is two books, two separate volumes, in a gorgeous box. It weighs 8kg on my bathroom scales. It's a big thing of great beauty, and going back and forth through it is a hugely satisfying experience ... no matter where you start, or continue, McCartney seems to be waiting, ready to continue his warm, vivid, erudite stroll through his life and lyrics ... the life - McCartney's - seems more believable when examined in these glimpses. There is a modesty hiding in the book's bulk, and raw, gentle honesty ... There are 154 sets of lyrics in this book, and it's almost impossible to read most of them without hearing the melodies and trumpet bits. But it is well worth trying. Read, not heard, Lady Madonna is a different experience. I read it and thought of Zola's best novels. * Irish Times * he provides a fascinating new insight into his life at the time they were written, and the lives of his fellow Beatles ... This, then, is a book for dipping into and sampling at leisure. It allows us to see some of the most familiar songs ever written in new and surprising ways ... [it] will not only thrill Beatles obsessives but fascinate anyone who has ever sung along to a Lennon and McCartney tune. Which must, surely, include half the world or more. * Daily Mail * a feast for the eyes. Dyed-in-the-wool Beatles fans will be bowled over by the sheer profundity of unpublished photographs, previously unseen lyrics sheets, journal entries, paintings, and the like. Indeed, The Lyrics easily represents the finest collection of illustrations associated with McCartney's life and work. And it's beautifully rendered, to boot. Drop-dead gorgeous as books go * Salon * the two things it reveals - an unrelenting work ethic and the picture-painting imperative of the storyteller - are the twin pillars of his life's work, as revealed here in random reflections on 154 selected songs spanning 64 years ... it's this up-front abdication of control, of res

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Paul McCartney (Author) Born in Liverpool in 1942, Paul McCartney was raised in the city and educated at the Liverpool Institute. Since writing his first song at 14, McCartney has dreamed and dared to be different. He lives in England. Paul Muldoon (External Editor) Paul Muldoon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of fourteen full-length collections of poetry, including Howdie-Skelp.