Paul McCartney to Publish Lyrics Book

Paul McCartney will publish a new book–The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present, this November, he announced this week.

The book–which arrives Nov. 2–will offer insight into  154 songs he has written throughout his career. It has a New Jersey connection as well, as the tome is based on conversatio the Beatle icon had over five years with Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet and Princeton University professor Paul Muldoo

“I know that 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,” Sir Paul explains in a book excerpt. “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.”

The songs will be presented in alphabetical order, he said.

“I hope that what I’ve written will show people something about my songs and my life which they haven’t seen before,” McCartney maintains. “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.”

In other Beatles collegiate news, students at the University of Liverpool can earn a Masters studying the group in a new course, “The Beatles: Music Industry and Heritage.”

Dr. Holly Tessler, who is the director of the program, tells the BBC, “What makes this MA unique is its focus on The Beatles in a future-facing way, considering the legacy’s influence on the music and creative industries, in popular culture, and within heritage, culture and tourism in the 21st Century.”

The degree coincides with the opening of the school’s Yoko Ono Lennon Centre.

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