The Beatles Lyrics

The Beatles Lyrics

The Stories Behind the Music, Including the Handwritten Drafts of More Than 100 Classic Beatles Songs

Book - 2014
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The definitive book of Beatles songs, shown as first written by their own hands and put into authoritative context, for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America.

For the Beatles, writing songs was a process that could happen anytime -- songs we all know by heart often began as a scribble on the back of an envelope or on hotel stationery. These original documents have ended up scattered across the world at museums and universities and with collectors and friends. Many have never been published before. More than 100 songs and lyrics are reproduced in THE BEATLES LYRICS, providing Hunter Davies a unique platform to tell the story of the music.

The intimacy of these reproductions -- there are sections crossed out and rewritten, and words tossed into the final recordings that were never written down -- ensures that THE BEATLES LYRICS will be a treasure for musicians, scholars, and fans everywhere.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316247160
0316247162
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 BEATLES
Characteristics: 376 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Davies, Hunter 1936-- Editor

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Aug 07, 2017

While this book does discuss a lot of the Beatles' songs, it is not completely comprehensive and some songs don't have as long an entry as others. Sometimes it makes sense, but other times I would have liked to know more about the origins and inspirations of the songs. Sometimes the author makes strange evaluations, but sometimes his comments and his memories of the times of the songs being written is interesting and/or amusing.

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