LONDON, ENGLAND — Britain’s Royal Mail will be coming up soon with a special stamp that will depict music icon and former Beatle Paul McCartney.
This was learned from an announcement by the Royal Mail which disclosed that the 18-time Grammy awardee will appear in a special set of 12 stamps that will be issued soon.
Eight of the stamps will show images of the singer-songwriter’s album covers while the remaining four will feature McCartney while working on music.
“Paul McCartney remains a vital figure at the center of rock and pop—an artist whose legacy is immense, but whose work continues to generate popular attention and critical acclaim,” David Gold of the Royal Mail noted.
“This dedicated stamp issue is a fitting tribute to one of the UK’s much loved and revered musical icons,” Gold added.
It maybe recalled that prior to him being featured in special stamps, McCartney unveiled his plans to publish what he described “as close to an autobiography . . . as may ever come”.
Entitled The Lyrics, McCartney’s delving into prose is a deep dive into his life, based on conversations he had with the Irish prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon.
The literary piece will be a two-volume, 900-plus page ‘self-portrait in 154 songs’, set to be released on November 2 the current year.
According to publisher Allen Lane, it will be “a kaleidoscopic rather than chronological account” of McCartney’s life and will cover the musician’s earliest boyhood compositions—he wrote his first song at 14—through the Beatles catalog to Wings, solo albums, and his present life. The book will cover “the circumstances in which they were written, the people and places that inspired them, and what (McCartney) thinks of them now
McCartney said: “More often than I can count I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right. The one thing I’ve always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs.
“Some people, when they get to a certain age, they like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks. What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I’ve learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life,” he continued.
Muldoon, the Pulitzer prize-winning Irish poet edited the book: “Sir Paul and I met regularly over a period of five years for two or three-hour sessions in which we talked in a very intensive way about the background to a half dozen songs.”
“In a strange way, our process mimicked the afternoon sessions he had with John Lennon when they wrote for the Beatles. We were determined never to leave the room without something interesting,” he enthused.
In ending, Muldoon admitted that he was “struck again and again by what you might term Paul McCartney’s ‘scholarly’ disposition.”
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