Sir Paul Mccartney is ready to encapsulate his career and life, and he’s doing so with the help of a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
The 78-year-old music icon will punctuate his life story in a 960 page collection with the help of a whopping 154 songs, spanning from his teens and early partnership with fellow Beatle John Lennon to his solo work over the past half century. Irish poet Paul Muldoon is editing and will further contribute an introduction.
Titled, The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present, the work will be released November 2nd, according to a joint announcement Wednesday from the British publisher Allen Lane and from Liveright in the United States. His songs will be arranged alphabetically, and are said to include McCartney’s comments on when and where they were written and what inspired them. The U.S. edition of the book will be broken into two volumes, contained within a single box.
Pre-order the massive Memoir via the link provided by McCartney himself.
No Beatle has written a standard, full-fledged account of his life. John Lennon published two works of stories, poems and drawings and was considered the most gifted with words, but he was murdered in 1980, at age 40. Ringo Starr’s Another Day In the Life is centered on photographs and quotes, because, the drummer has said, a traditional memoir would require multiple volumes. George Harrison, who died of cancer in 2001, issued the scrapbook/retrospective I, Me, Mine in 1980.
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