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The Beatles Lyrics: The Stories Behind the Music, Including the Handwritten Drafts of More Than 100 Classic Beatles songs — Edited by Hunter Davies

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"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 

"There are places I remember..."

For tens of millions of earthlings, those emotional places include the lyrics of Beatles songs they will never forget. This nonpareil collection brings together the stories behind those songs and, even more viscerally, reproductions of the handwritten, sometimes scribbled drafts of more than 100 lyrics, reminding us that these immortal songs had humble origins. Beatles biographer Hunter Davies draws on decades of expertise to present these classics in their original contexts.

The Beatles Lyrics: The Stories Behind the Music is 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, until now. 

This book reveals the original manuscripts for some of the best pop songs ever written! More than 100 songs and lyrics are reproduced in The Beatles Lyrics: The Stories Behind the Music, providing author 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.

Great story about book and Beatles songs and lyrics!


  • Condition: New. Hardcover 
  • Edition: First Edition - Published October 2014
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-374-12606
  • Pages: 385, Reproduction of 100 songs and lyrics 
  • Dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)
  • Rating:★★★★★ (See FAQs)
  • Hunter Davies is the author of over 40 books, including the New York Times bestseller The John Lennon Letters, and has written for The Guardian, New Statesman, and the Sunday Times. He is married to the novelist and biographer Margaret Forster, and they live in London.