The Beatles Lyrics

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

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  • 9780316247160
  • 9780316247153
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.
  • Little, Brown and Company; October 2014
  • ISBN 9780316247153
  • Read online, or download in secure EPUB format
  • Title: The Beatles Lyrics
  • Author: Hunter Davies (ed.)
  • Imprint: Little, Brown and Company
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780316247160
  • 9780316247153

In The Press

"Rich with insider authenticity. To paraphrase Walt Whitman, Mr. Davies was the man, he suffered, he was there.... The book itself-with Mr. Davies's expert guidance-gives us a glimpse into genius. No better monument could mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America, nothing, that is, short of coming up with a hitherto lost scrap of paper with a Beatles lyric on it, wittily doodled on."—Alexander Theroux, Wall Street Journal

About The Author

Hunter Davies is the author of over 40 books, including The Lennon Letters, and has written for The Guardian (London), New Statesman, and The Sunday Times (London). He is married to the novelist and biographer Margaret Forster and they live in London.