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The Beatles Lyrics The Unseen Story Behind Their Music by The Beatles
  

The Beatles Lyrics The Unseen Story Behind Their Music

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The story of The Beatles told through their music with Hunter Davies tracking down the original manuscripts of 100 of their songs, no easy task as the manuscripts and notes are scattered far and wide in private and public collections. The chosen songs are put into context, looking too at the music’s legacy and how the songs fit into The Beatles story.

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The Beatles Lyrics The Unseen Story Behind Their Music by The Beatles

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.

Reviews

You may never read a more comprehensive, unpretentious account of the creative processes behind a band's body of lyrics. It seems fitting that band should be The Beatles... The book runs chronologically from A to Z through every self-penned song the Beatles recorded in their eight action-packed years together. With all those original handwritten manuscripts, it's a must buy for die-hard Beatles fans and, no doubt, many calligraphers too -- Joe Dermody * IRISH EXAMINER * Even fans who think they know it all already will treasure this forensic exploration of the Beatles
songs

...a handsome coffee-table book by Hunter Davies that manages to shed new light on the creative process behind such songs as Eleanor Rigby, Across the Universe and Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds...a treasure of a book, a forensic, song-by-song exploration of the band's creative process -- Paul Howard * THE IRISH TIMES * This delightful book will appeal to the millions of Beatles fans around the world who will surely enjoy reliving these iconic songs and learning something of their history * SIXTYPLUSSURFERS * A fascinating look at how these classics came into being as the manuscripts show how lines were altered and whole verses dumped * THE SUN * He wrote the first comprehensive biography of The Beatles and now, in The Beatles Lyrics, Hunter Davies returns to examine each of the band's songs in forensic details, offering insights into the creative process and putting the songs in their social and personal context * CHOICE * Fascinating facsimiles of scribbled lyric notes jotted onto scraps of paper... afford insights into the development from the germ of an idea to a finished song * THE INDEPENDENT 'Books of the Year' * No Lennon/McCartney obsessive should be without Hunter Davies
The Beatles Lyrics

-- Olivia Cole * GQ Magazine * A forensic song-by-song exploration of the band's writing process... If you're a songwriter, the song manuscripts along are fascinating, and if you're a Beatles fan, the info here can't help but give you a fresh insight into their music * GUITARIST * They were just scraps of paper set for a cleaner's furnace - but now The Beatles
lyric sheets are precious jewels that reveal the secret history of the world

's greatest band... beneath the scrawls and corssings-out lies a shadow history of The Beatles * LIVERPOOL ECHO * What's amazing is that these songs were so often scribbled down on whatever bits of paper were at hand - pages from notebooks, hotel stationery, backs of envelopes - and it's fascinating to see them with their hasty revisions, crossings out, lines being rewritten, ideas rethought even before they are fully complete, almost as if The Beatles can't keep up with their own creative momentum, colourful doodles and stoned illustrations accompanying some of them -- Allan Jones * UNCUT * This is not just one for the Beatlemaniacs and it is liberally illustrated with lyrics as they were originally written on table napkins, notepads, or on the back of a birthday card * RTE GUIDE * Davies has tracked down and reproduced more than 100 of the Beatles'
original handwritten manuscripts for their songs, nearly all of which are reproduced for the first time in this handsome coffee

-table tome. Each song is given its context: what the band were doing at the time, how and when they came to write and record it, how the original version differs from the final one. A pretty essential addition to the library/bathroom of any serious Beatles fan * IRISH NEWS * Painstakingly researched and skilfully laid out over 350 engrossing pages, Davies gives us an incredible insight into the remarkable creative process of the band, and tells the story of the Beatles
lives through their work

-- Colm O'Regan * HOT PRESS * [Davies] has managed to track down handwritten versions for 100 of the band's 182 lyrics, and it's undeniably fascinating to observe these scribbled seeds, particularly when they contain alterations, crossings-out and abandoned verses... The other main attraction of the book is Davies
unrivalled access to the group. As the only authorised Beatles biographer during the band

's existence, he spent time observing Lennon and McCartney as they wrote songs, and his vivid account of the pair holding court amongst friends in the latter's music room... is just one of several fascinating behind-the-scenes moments -- Andy Gill * THE INDEPENDENT *'


About the Author

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

25th September 2014

Author

The Beatles

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
384 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Rock & Pop music
Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups
Musical scores, lyrics & libretti

ISBN

9780297608127

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