On November 5, The British Library will open a free exhibit of Paul McCartney’s personal handwritten lyrics to many of his famous songs ranging from The Beatles to Wings to the present. The exhibit will run through March 13, 2022.
The exhibit opens just a few days after McCartney’s massive two-book set, Paul McCartney, The Lyrics 1956 to the Present, is released on November 2.
The two-book set is just under one thousand pages and features 154 songs. The book includes hand-written lyric sheets, unseen personal photographs, drafts and drawings. Each song is accompanied by a commentary by Paul McCartney giving a unique insight into his creative process.
“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. 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. 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” – Paul
The book also includes a set of lyrics to an unrecorded Beatles song: ‘Tell Me Who He Is’. According to McCartney’s website, during the writing of The Lyrics, the hand-written lyrics were discovered in one of Paul’s notebooks, believed to date back to the early 1960s.
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