Paul McCartney recounts a life of songwriting at talk on campus

Evan Gorelick & Yash Roy | Yale Daily News

Paul McCartney, photo by Mary McCartney

Thousands came together on Thursday evening to hear Sir Paul McCartney speak about his new book, “The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present.”

The conversation included Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, who edited McCartney’s book, and was moderated by Yale English professor Langdon Hammer. More than 2,500 people from Yale and the broader community attended the event in Woolsey Hall.

McCartney — who holds an honorary degree from Yale and whose grandson, Arthur Donald ’21, attended Yale — recounted his songwriting career at the event. He wrote 154 songs throughout his life, including unreleased tracks predating his time in the Beatles that appear in “The Lyrics.” During Thursday’s talk, McCartney also described his experience meeting and collaborating with fellow Beatles member John Lennon.

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