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Hunter Davies is the author of the only authorised biography of the Beatles and the editor of The John Lennon Letters. He lives in London.
These original documents have ended up in the hands of collectors and friends of the Beatles, scattered across the world in museums and universities. Never before has anyone managed to track down and publish the original versions of the classic songs. Hunter Davies knew and worked with the Beatles during their heyday, and wrote their only authorised biography. In this collection, he has tracked down and reproduced over 100 original handwritten manuscripts of their songs, mostly never seen before. From them we gain a unique insight into the remarkable creative process of the greatest songwriters of all time; what they were thinking, how they changed their minds, and then came up with the words which are now known the world over - complete with all the scribbles and crossings-out. Each song is given its context: what the Beatles were doing at the time, how and when they came to write and record it, how the original version differs from the final one. Almost every Beatles song has a great story behind it, whether it is 'Yesterday', 'Eleanor Rigby' or 'Yellow Submarine'. Many books have appeared about the Beatles, but in the end what really matters - and will always matter most - is their music. Their music comes out of their lives, just as their lives and emotions were reflected back into their music. The Beatles Lyrics is the definitive story of their lives, as uniquely told through their music.