Blackbird Singing: Poems and Lyrics 1965 to 1999

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Faber & Faber, Limited, Mar 1, 2002 - Popular music - 164 pages
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To many readers some of this book will be instantly recognisable as the songs that have formed the backdrop to every generation since the 1960s. Their lyrics have been learned, almost subliminally, by heart: 'Eleanor Rigby', 'Band on the Run', 'She's Leaving Home', 'Penny Lane' . . . But among the familiar are poems that have never before been seen. Sharing the preoccupations of the songs and including moving elegies to Paul's wife, Linda, they give us unique access to the inner life of one of the most influential figures in popular culture of the last fifty years.

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Review: Blackbird Singing: Poems and Lyrics, 1965-1999

User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

I am unimpressed. The introduction of this book entreats us to forget Paul McCartney the musician and focus on Paul McCartney the poet. If that was the goal, the lyrics should have been left out, or ... Read full review

Review: Blackbird Singing: Poems and Lyrics, 1965-1999

User Review  - Rafa Pina - Goodreads

There are some nice surprises in this book. I'm not much into poetry, but I did appreciate some of the poems in Blackbird Singing. The song lyrics are awesome (I mean, we are talking about Paul ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool on 18 June 1942. He was raised in the city and educated at the Liverpool Institute, where he did better at English Literature than he did at formal music lessons. First with and then without John Lennon, Paul McCartney has written some of the best-known words of the twentieth century. A Freeman of the City of Liverpool and Lead Patron of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Paul McCartney is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music and a Fellow of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. In 1996 he was knighted by HM the Queen for his services to music.

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