Available Now: Paul McCartney ‘The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present’ Book, Spanning 154 Songs from His Life & Career

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Today, Nov. 2, an exhaustive collection from Sir Paul McCartney was released as The Lyrics 1956 to the Present, a new book featuring the words that went into 154 different songs from his life and career.

Including his timeless works with the Beatles to his solo career and output with Wings and beyond, The Lyrics 1956 to the Present is about as detailed a collection of McCartney lyrics could possibly be. Here’s a bit more about it:

And an official synopsis from publisher W.W. Norton & Company:

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.

And make sure to check out this Barnes & Noble book event with Sir Paul coming up on Nov. 18:

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