W&N Biography and Autobiography: Music HB September @ £25.00 560pp 978 0 297 60812 7 eBook: £25.00 / 978 0 297 60813 4
Published on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first record, ‘Love Me Do’.
THE BEATLES Edited by HUNTER DAVIES The Beatles Lyrics
An original telling of the story of The Beatles through their music. Many books have appeared over the years about the Beatles lyrics – about the words of those songs that the whole world knows and sings, and will sing forever, as long as we have the breath to hum the tunes. But no one has ever shown the words in The Beatles’ own handwriting, how they first wrote them, how they scribbled them down on pieces of paper or backs of envelopes, with all the crossings-out and changes. The author of the only authorised biography of The Beatles, Hunter Davies, has sought out over one hundred Beatles lyrics. His expert introduction describes the creativity of the greatest ever rock band – then he lists and illustrates each song, putting each one in context: what The Beatles were doing at the time, how and when they came to write and then record it, how the original version differs from the final one. The wonder is that almost every Beatles song has a great story behind it – whether it is ‘Yesterday’, ‘Eleanor Rigby’, or ‘Yellow Submarine’. Hunter Davies, the editor of the lyrics, is the author of the only authorised biography of The Beatles, and the editor of The John Lennon Letters.
W&N Non-Fiction • September 2014
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