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The Beatles Lyrics: The Unseen Story Behind Their Music

Hunter Davies, Beatles

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Rock & Pop music, Individual composers & musicians, specific bands &, Musical scores, lyrics & libretti, Prose: non-fiction

The first-ever collection of the original handwritten Beatles' lyrics.

Over 100 handwritten manuscripts of the Beatles' original lyrics, tracked down from friends of the band, museums, universities and collectors.

Hunter Davies, author of the only authorised biography of the Beatles, worked with the band in their heyday. Here he reveals each song's context with vivid behind-the-scenes stories and gives a unique insight into the creative process of the world's greatest songwriters. From 'Yesterday' and 'Eleanor Rigby' to 'Yellow Submarine', THE BEATLES LYRICS is the definitive story of the band, uniquely told through their music.

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Praise for The Beatles Lyrics: The Unseen Story Behind Their Music

  • No Lennon/McCartney obsessive should be without Hunter Davies' THE BEATLES LYRICS - GQ

  • 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 - INDEPENDENT

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Hunter Davies

Hunter Davies is the author of over thirty books which include such modern classics as the authorised biography of The Beatles, The Glory Game and A Walk Around the Lakes. He has written several other walking books and also a travel biography of Christopher Columbus which took him to the West Indies and the Americas. He is also well known as a broadcaster and journalist and writes for the Independent, Sunday Times, Daily Mail and New Statesman. He was married to the novelist and biographer Margaret Forster from 1961 until her death in 2016.