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The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present (English Edition) Kindle版
'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.'
In this extraordinary book, with unparalleled candour, Paul McCartney recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career - from his earliest boyhood compositions through the legendary decade of The Beatles, to Wings and his solo albums to the present. Arranged alphabetically to provide a kaleidoscopic rather than chronological account, it establishes definitive texts of the songs' lyrics for the first time and describes the circumstances in which they were written, the people and places that inspired them, and what he thinks of them now. Presented with this is a treasure trove of material from McCartney's personal archive - drafts, letters, photographs - never seen before, which make this also a unique visual record of one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
We learn intimately about the man, the creative process, the working out of melodies, the moments of inspiration. The voice and personality of Paul McCartney sings off every page. There has never been a book about a great musician like it.
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 cliché, 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)"
Careening from decade to decade, and invoking John Lennon on the regular, it is likely the closest thing to a memoir McCartney will ever publish, with lyric sheets and a hefty number of unseen personal photos of his family and The Beatles.--Kim Willis "USA Today"
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"
With a gravity, reverence and sense of occasion that hasn't been seen since the Levites rolled out the Ark of the Covenant, the complete lyrics of Paul McCartney are published at last.--John Walsh "Sunday Times"
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" --このテキストは、kindle_edition版に関連付けられています。
Paul Muldoon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of fourteen full-length collections of poetry, including Howdie-Skelp. --このテキストは、kindle_edition版に関連付けられています。
- ASIN : B08XBXNKZT
- 出版社 : Penguin (2021/11/2)
- 発売日 : 2021/11/2
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 244740 KB
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効にされていません
- Word Wise : 有効
- 本の長さ : 904ページ
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 22,715位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
For starters the books set is big, and very, very heavy. Everything in it is grand: the format, the book case, the photos, the glossy pages. And then there're the lyrics and McCartney's elaboration on those, taking surprisingly little space (roughly a bit less than one fifth of all the pages). So the excessive format works, to these eyes, against the very core idea of "the lyrics": we expected personal comments on how Paul McCartney grew and developed into one of the most important and talented musicians of the XX century. Yet he has wrapped his thoughts, almost buried those, in hundreds of photographs and a grandiose set of two books, as if afraid of presenting his bare comments or that mere words wouldn't do it. We expected words about "The Lyrics", and instead we got a mammoth album of larger than life photographs with some texts here and there. And this does not work, because we get full-pages photos of cars (and dogs and guitars and places and people and houses and pieces of clothing) that gave name or merely inspired some of Paul's songs or are vaguely related to him at some point in his life - is that all necessary? The same can be said of the reproduction of hand-written lyrics. One or two of those look good and can complement well a book - dozens of pages of them (as there are in "The Lyrics") is, beyond a curiosity, an excess that eventually adds up nothing to the set of books - much on the contrary, in the end it gets boring and seems more a page-filler.
Since the mid-2000s several musicians of McCartney's generation and stature have written their autobiographies: Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Elton John, to name just a few well-known names. These books are all very good, sober and very well written documents of the golden era of rock music, and Dylan's and Springsteen's memoirs are exceptionally well written. Each and every one of those memoirs is a joy to read and all of them became deserved best-sellers. Yet McCartney seems to have tried to outdo them all by going bigger, as if a conventional autobiography was below him or as he needed more space to tell his story.
The inclusion of many Wings songs doesn't help either - there are more songs of McCartney with Wings and solo than with the Beatles, and this reduces the book's quality. It’s magnificent to read what took Paul to write ‘Yesterday’ or where he got the inspiration for "I Will", "Hey Jude" or "For No One". But, do we need to know what inspired him to compose minor songs post-1970, such as "Check my Machine", his instrumental, and rather poor, song of "McCartney II"? (And by the way, a song whose lyrics are a mere repetition of the song’s title). Does the inane and justly forgotten "Magneto and the Titanium Man" deserve six pages in the book - or in any book at all? And same can be said of his comments on the late Linda. Paul McCartney has always considered her as an important member of his own band, Wings, and she wasn't, at least in anything related to music. The late Mrs McCartney was, according to testimonies of all who knew her, a charming and lovely lady. Fair enough. But she was not a musician, even if she was keen to be photographed at keyboards (which she couldn't play). In "The Lyrics" McCartney refers often to her as a worthy musician, which she wasn’t, and he even writes that Linda was a "pioneer female singer" and that she was very good at "clapping and doing harmonies" - lines obviously written by the devoted husband, not by the musician. And these comments, and the inclusion of minor songs allegedly co-written by Linda ("Cook of the House") diminish considerably the quality of the book.
In the end, we're left with just a handful of good texts and some original pictures, but only a few of each of those, and this does not seem to be enough to justify the cost or the expectation of the books-set. So after reading the books back-to-back we're indeed missing something we hoped to get: the story of the Beatles through their work. And this could be found in the best book ever written on the Beatles songs (lyrics and music) and of their evolution along the glorious sixties, as well in popular music. This book is still, by and large, "Revolution in the Head", by Ian MacDonald. This is an outstandingly well researched, unbiased and pitch-perfect analysis of the career of the band whose music is one of the peaks of contemporary art through a chronological analysis of each song the Beatles recorded. With "The Lyrics" we expected the same, but even better, because it’s written by one of the leaders and the main composer of the band from Liverpool. And we didn't get it. Far from it.
What did we expect? Simple. If Paul would have only written something similar to MacDonalds' book: a musical journey through the songs, showing his initiations and shockingly fast development as a composer; if he would have only published, say, 300 pages thickly packed with insights, revelations and facts on his inspiration and brilliant musical career; if he would have supported the text with just a handful of well selected and never-seen pictures to illustrate specific parts of the tale; if the song's lyrics would have been presented chronologically, for the reader to see the composer's outstanding evolution; if McCartney wouldn't have tried so much to appear as "an author" by citing and almost comparing himself to giant contemporaries like Bertrand Russell or Harold Pinter; if Paul would have chosen for the book mostly Beatles songs, bookending those with a dozen pieces of his solo career, and relying heavily for these perhaps in his quite touching reflections on loss, friendship and growing old of the songs he composed for “Egypt Station" and "McCartney III". That would have been the wonderful, priceless, unique book we eagerly waited for months.
But Paul McCartney hasn't lived up to the expectation created with the announcement of the publishing of “The Lyrics”. He is one of the best composers of the last 100 years, without a doubt. But, because he fell one by one for the mistakes above noted, the book neither works as a personal memoir nor as a review of 50 years of composing and success nor as an insight into the rock scene of the last six decades nor, in the end, as anything in particular. Unfortunately, this set of books ended up being something closer to a bloated artifact, a showy, repetitive and unnecessarily enormous photo album with elongated captions; it’s an odd, unbalanced and in the end rather disappointing way to share a brilliant composer’s inspiration with the world.
Begun in August 2015 but not fully worked on until 2019, it’s presented in alphabetical order across two hardback volumes inside a slip case, each volume has it’s own dust jacket, but you can take those off and have two different covers. Inside you’ll find a plethora of photos (of which only a handful will have be seen by us), handwritten lyrics, mouth watering acetates and various other bits and pieces. Oh, and the songs and explanations how they came to be. Each one is four, six or eight pages, though ‘Yesterday’ is afforded ten, and the whole thing will keep you going for a while.
But don’t think all the pages are taken up with text, as some have a page devoted to a photo of a record or something like a handbill; ‘In Spite Of All The Danger’ being an example of having both sides of the acetate spread over two pages. But at least you can see all of it. Those songs that are in these volumes range from ‘I Lost My Little Girl’ from 1956 through to a trio of selections from ‘McCartney III’. Now, Beatles devotees will know about songs such as ‘Too Bad About Sorrows’ and other tunes he wrote back in the late 50s and [very] early 60s, but what about ‘Tell Me Who He Is’? A mere eight lines long, it was discovered hidden away in a notebook and is alleged to be an unrecorded Beatles song. (Well, that’s what MPL is claiming and who are we to doubt that?)
Expensive? Some might say it is but that’s for you to decide. Remember, anything Beatle related tends to carry a premium, though I can’t see many casual buyers forking out nearly £50 for this; it’s aimed at McCartney aficionados. And most of us will lap it up. It's a shame he didn't include everything he's written but maybe that task would have been too big. The resulting book certainly would have been.
I wonder if Marjorie ever received a response from Paul for her fan letter on page 188?
Great insights to songs so far
However I am amazed that the Beatles greatest song "A day in the life" has only one page about it and no mention of lennon.
Have a couple of pages fell out of my one?
Straight back into it in the morning
From one scouser to another scouser, I thank you sir