Sunday, May 26, 2024

Paul McCartney Plans “Memoir” Told Through Two Volumes of Lyrics with Memorabilia as Holiday Gift Box


Paul McCartney been busy through the pandemic, that’s for sure. First he released the much praised “McCartney III” and it was his first real number 1 album in 31 years.

Now he’s releasing a gift book/memoir that will retail for $100 in November. “The Lyrics” will combine the words to 154 of his famous songs in alphabetical rather than chronological order to provide what he calls a “kaleidoscopic” account of his life. Presented with this is a treasure trove of material from McCartney’s personal archive – drafts, letters, photographs – never seen before.

Over two volumes, Paul recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career.

Paul is telling us at 79 next fall, this will take the place of a traditional memoir.

McCartney says: “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.”

This will come just in time for Christmas and holiday gift giving, and right after the delayed 50th anniversary of “Let it Be” releases. And you know, we want all of it!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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