THE BIG READ | Fame, drugs, feuds, divorces – Paul McCartney shares the inside story behind some of The Beatles’ greatest hits

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Paul McCartney has always resisted writing his memoir but at age 79 he's finally relented, releasing an autobiography that looks at his life through his lyrics. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Paul McCartney has always resisted writing his memoir but at age 79 he's finally relented, releasing an autobiography that looks at his life through his lyrics. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

In this extract from his new memoir, the music legend reveals the inspiration behind some of the band's best-known hits such as Hey Jude, Eleanor Rigby and Yesterday.

More times than I can count, I’ve been asked to write an autobiography, but the time has never been right. Usually I was raising a family or I was on tour, which has never been an ideal situation for long periods of concentration.

But the one thing I’ve always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is write new songs. Some people, when they get to a certain age, like to refer to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks. What I do have is my songs – hundreds of them – which serve much the same purpose.

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