Showing posts with label Paul Muldoon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paul Muldoon. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Paul to discuss new "Lyrics" book at Southbank Center event

Details from the official announcement:

Paul McCartney celebrates his new book, The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present, in a world-exclusive event Nov. 5 at Southbank Center in London with author Paul Muldoon, chaired by Samira Ahmed.

Hear them discuss the extraordinary book in which, with unparalleled candor, McCartney recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career.

The Lyrics encompasses 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 never-seen-before material from McCartney’s personal archive – drafts, letters, photographs – which make this also a unique visual record of one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear McCartney discuss his life, the creative process and the moments of inspiration. 

Presented in partnership with Penguin Live. Ticket info here.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Poet Paul Muldoon talks about editing Paul McCartney's upcoming "Lyrics" memoir

The Belfast Telegraph interviews North Irish poet Paul Muldoon about working with Macca.

“Sir Paul and I met regularly over a period of five years for two or three hour sessions in which we talked in a very intensive way about the background to a half dozen songs,” said Muldoon.

“In a strange way, our process mimicked the afternoon sessions he had with John Lennon when they wrote for the Beatles. We were determined never to leave the room without something interesting."

Muldoon described McCartney as 'a major literary figure' and a poet.

“He’s one of the most buoyant, upbeat people I know, but his general demeanour shouldn’t suggest that he’s anything but a deep thinker,” said Muldoon.

“He looks long and hard into every aspect of life and I believe readers, old and new, will be struck by a book that will show that side of him. He’s going to come out of this book as a major literary figure.

“His insights into his artistic process confirm a notion at which we had but guessed: that Paul McCartney is a major literary figure who draws upon, and extends, the long tradition of poetry in English.”

"The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present" is published as a two-volume book set Nov. 2. It's available for pre-order now from Amazon.