Blackbird Singing: Poems and Lyrics, 1965-1999

Blackbird Singing: Poems and Lyrics, 1965-1999

by Paul McCartney

"McCartney writes as freely—and often as beautifully—as a blackbird sings....[He] is a genius with the common touch."—Stephen Logan, The Sunday Times [London]See more details below


"McCartney writes as freely—and often as beautifully—as a blackbird sings....[He] is a genius with the common touch."—Stephen Logan, The Sunday Times [London]

Editorial Reviews

Michael Horovitz
[M]editative lines that will speak volumes to anyone who's experienced the solitary confinement that follows the loss of a soulmate.
Stephen Logan
Paul McCartney is a genius with the common touch....McCartney writes as freely (and often as beautifully as a blackbird sings.
Nancy Pate
It's nice to have the lyrics of so many contemporary classics all together. ...Music of our years, music to our ears. —Orlando Sentinel
Peter Neil Nason
[D]ecidedly strong....when McCartney's writings succeed—as many of them do in Blackbird Singing—they become nothing short of exhilarating.
Rene A. Guzman
[F]ans will appreciate Blackbird Singing because it's Paul being Paul: succinctly, playfully, and sentimentally. And what's wrong with that?
Rachel Campbell-Johnston
[C]ampaigning, elegiac, impressionistic poems....Could poetry even become the new rock 'n' roll?
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sir Paul McCartney painter, composer and songwriter (even the Queen taps her feet to "Penny Lane") has been steadily writing poetry along with the lyrics memorized by much of the world. British political poet and satirist Adrian Mitchell (who is well-known over there, and best represented by Heart on the Left: Selected Poems 1953-1984 over here) worked as a Daily Mail pop critic in 1963 and published the first national interview with the Beatles, remaining friends with McCartney since. In consultation with Sir Paul, he has selected from among McCartney's works. There are the grand and expected songs, such as "Hey Jude," "Yesterday" and "Eleanor Rigby"; ditties like "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" and surreal oddities like "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"; elegies for McCartney's wife, Linda Eastman McCartney, and for friend Ivan Vaughan; and a variety of verse, such as "To Find the Joy": "Seagulls spiral whirl/ Against the sullen oak/ No scientific thought informs/ Their madcap tribal swirl." As Mitchell writes: "Clean out your head. Wash out the name and the fame. Read these clear words and listen to them decide for yourself." (Apr. 23) Forecast: While McCartney is of a completely different cast than Bob Dylan, his appeal may be even greater than that of the latter great poet/songwriter. Expect strong and steady sales after a solid showing on bestseller lists. Mitchell's latest collection, All Shook Up: Poems 1997-2000, is due this month and includes "Gourmet Architecture, Troy, New York": "It might take a year or two/ But, with its cherry-red perfect bricks/ United by vanilla ice cement/ I could eat the Marine Midland Bank." (Bloodaxe [Dufour, dist.], $19.95 paper 128p ISBN 1-85224-513-1) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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