Born in Liverpool in 1942, Paul McCartney was raised in the city and educated at the Liverpool Institute. Since writing his first song at fourteen, McCartney has dreamed and dared to be different. He lives in England. Paul Muldoon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of fourteen full-length collections of poetry, including Howdie-Skelp.
To read over the words to these 154 songs is to be impressed not
merely with McCartney's productivity but with the fertility of his
imagination and the potency of his offhand, unfussy style....
The Lyrics makes clear that McCartney has written on a
high level long past his Beatles years, and even the weakest lyrics
in the books have a character all their own: a feeling of giddy
playfulness and unguarded experimentation. They're a joy to read
because they exude the joy their maker took in their making....
Over and over, McCartney shows how deeply he is steeped in literary
history and how much his output as a songwriter has in common with
the works of the likes of Dickens and Shakespeare.--David Hajdu
"New York Times Book Review"
The Lyrics is a triumph. It is hugely readable, devoid of rock cliche, and full of fresh stories and opinions that even devoted fans won't have encountered before. The pictures of McCartney and of handwritten lyrics, many of them never previously published, are worth the entry ticket on their own and the quality of the boxed product makes it a tactile pleasure and fun to possess.... The Lyrics is McCartney at his best.--David Finklestein "The Times (UK)"
Indeed, The Lyrics easily represents the finest collection of illustrations associated with McCartney's life and work. And it's beautifully rendered, to boot. Drop-dead gorgeous as books go, The Lyrics rivals the finest art imprints.--Kenneth Womack "Salon"
Reading The Lyrics is like standing in a master chef's kitchen as he prepares a dish, adding a dash of this and a spoonful of that and talking to us so winningly.... The Lyrics is able to cram in much more -- show posters, set lists, handwritten notes, group photos both staged and casual.... There's nothing like listening to Macca (as McCartney was known in his Liverpool days) talk about the rise of a band composed largely of working-class teens who changed the world forever.... Almost 60 years later, it's still an amazing story.... Muldoon interviewed him for hours and coaxed out these charming commentaries.--David Kirby "Washington Post"