“More often than I can count, I have been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right,” McCartney said in a statement.
“The one thing I’ve always managed to do, whether it’s at home or on the road, is writing new songs. I know that some people, when they reach a certain age, like to go to a journal to remember the day-to-day events of the past, but I don’t have those notebooks. What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, that I’ve learned have the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life. “
Financial terms for “The Lyrics,” which has a list price of $ 100, were not disclosed. Editors have long sought a memory of McCartney, even though he has often spoken about the past and participated in projects such as the Barry Miles biography “Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now” and the documentary and book of the 1990s “The Beatles Anthology”. Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones has been equally outspoken about himself, but his 2010 memoir, “Life,” still sold millions of copies.
No Beatle has written a standard and complete account of his life. Lennon published two works of short stories, poems and drawings and was considered the most gifted with words, but he was assassinated in 1980, at the age of 40. Ringo Starr’s “Another Day in the Life” focuses on photographs and quotes, because, the drummer has said, a traditional memory would require several volumes. George Harrison, who died of cancer in 2001, published the scrapbook / retrospective “I, Me, Mine” in 1980.
According to McCartney’s editors, their songs will be arranged alphabetically and will include McCartney’s comments on when and where they were written and what inspired them. The US edition of the book will be divided into two volumes, contained in a single box.
“Presented with this is a treasure trove of material from McCartney’s personal archive – drafts, letters, photographs – never seen before, making this also a unique visual record of one of the greatest songwriters of all time,” according to the ad. Wednesday.
McCartney has often received more praise for his melodies than for his lyrics, but he has written some of the most cited songs in recent history, such as “Let It Be”, “Hey Jude” and “Eleanor Rigby.” Muldoon said in a statement that their conversations in recent years “confirm a notion we had guessed: that Paul McCartney is an important literary figure who builds on and extends the long tradition of English poetry.”
Muldoon is known for poetry collections such as “Moy Sand and Gravel” and “Horse Latitudes,” and he also has a background in music. He has made spoken word performances endorsed by the Rogue Oliphant musical collective; published a book of rock lyrics, “The Word on the Street”; and collaborated on the title track of Warren Zevon’s “My Ride’s Here.” He even mentioned McCartney in a poem, “Sideman”:
“I’ll be McCartney for your Lennon / Lenin for your Marx / Jerry for your Ben & / Lewis for your Clark”