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Paul McCartney to publish a 900-Page Lyrical Autobiography

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Former Beatle Paul McCartney is now going to publish a book. It’s a 900-page lyrical autobiography (sort of), named The Lyrics, which will focus on his life and the conversations he had with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon.

Paul McCartney’s autobiography ‘The Lyrics’

Paul McCartney to publish a 900-Page Lyrical Autobiography
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Sir Paul McCartney has lived a life unlike any other. First, he was part of The Beatles and shot to unprecedented fame, the likes of which was never and has never been seen since. Now, he’s putting together a two-volume 900 plus page autobiography of sorts, set to be released on November 2nd. Publisher Allen Allen Lane described the book as a “kaleidoscopic rather than chronological account”. This book will include his earliest childhood compositions, through his Beatles catalog, time with Wings, and his solo career. Specifically, this book will explain:

… the circumstances in which they were written, the people and places that inspired them, and what [McCartney] thinks of them now.

Paul McCartney said that he has never penned down his life in any diary. But, it’s his songs that capture many moments and emotions that he went through. McCartney said:

More often than I can count I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right. The one thing I’ve always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs. 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. 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.

Editor Muldoon talks about his conversations with Paul McCartney

Furthermore, Muldoon, the Irish poet who is editing The Lyrics, had this to say about Paul McCartney:

Sir Paul and I met regularly over a period of five years for two or three-hour sessions in which we talked in a very intensive way about the background to a half dozen songs. In a strange way, our process mimicked the afternoon sessions he had with John Lennon when they wrote for the Beatles. We were determined never to leave the room without something interesting.

Muldoon also added that he was “struck again and again by what you might term Paul McCartney’s ‘scholarly’ disposition”. He continued:

He’s one of the most buoyant, upbeat people I know, but his general demeanor shouldn’t suggest that he’s anything but a deep thinker. He looks long and hard into every aspect of life and I believe readers, old and new, will be struck by a book that will show that side of him. He’s going to come out of this book as a major literary figure.

Lastly, Muldoon added that McCartney’s literary work in his music cannot be ignored. He added:

His insights into his 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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Lastly, Paul McCartney added that he hoped this book will:

Show people something about my songs and my life which they haven’t seen before. I’ve tried to say something about how the music happens and what it means to me and I hope what it may mean to others too.

We’ll have to wait for November 2nd for this book to come out. Only then will we get to see the thought process that goes behind such iconic songs.

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