Tuesday 18 July 2023


Paul McCartney has announced the details of his new podcast McCartney: A Life In Lyrics, which he will present alongside poet Paul Muldoon.

McCartney: A Life In Lyrics, will premiere on September 20, 2023. The podcast will feature McCartney discussing the stories behind some of his most famous songs, from his work in the Beatles and Wings through his solo career. Each episode will focus on a single song, and McCartney will be joined in conversation by poet Paul Muldoon, who wrote the foreword to McCartney's bestselling book, The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present.

The podcast is produced by Pushkin Industries, and it will be available to stream on all major podcast platforms. All 12 episodes of the first season will be available to stream at once with a Pushkin+ membership.

In a trailer for the podcast, McCartney said that he wanted to create a podcast that would "give people a deeper understanding of my songs and the stories behind them." He also said that he wanted to work with Muldoon because he is "a great poet and a great listener."

Muldoon said in the trailer that he was "honored" to be working with McCartney on the podcast, and that he was "looking forward to exploring the depths of his lyrics."

The podcast is sure to be a hit with fans of McCartney and his music. It will be a fascinating opportunity to hear McCartney discuss the creative process behind some of his most iconic songs, and to learn more about his life and influences.

Here are some of the songs that will be featured in the first season of the podcast:

‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘Back in the USSR,’ ‘Let It Be,’ ‘When Winter Comes,’ ‘Penny Lane,’ ‘Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey,’ ‘Here Today,’ ‘Live and Let Die,’ ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ ‘Jenny Wren,’ ‘Too Many People,’ and ‘Helter Skelter.’

A second series has already been confirmed for February 2024.

“When we listened back to the tapes, we realised there was something very special happening in these conversations,” Muldoon explains in the prologue episode, which is available to stream now. “It was McCartney unfiltered.”

“Paul McCartney is one of the most groundbreaking, gifted artists of all time, and his songs have elevated and given meaning to so many moments in so many of our lives – so the chance to launch a podcast that tells the stories behind those songs … it’s a once-in-a-lifetime project,” said Conal Byrne, CEO of iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group.

He added: “‘McCartney: A Life in Lyrics’ will be a first-hand, first-of-its-kind account of his creative process – that has shaped and inspired multiple generations across the globe. We simply could not be more excited to partner with Sir McCartney, Paul Muldoon, executive producer Malcolm Gladwell and Pushkin Industries to bring these stories to listeners everywhere.”

"McCartney: A Life in Lyrics" offers listeners the opportunity to sit in on conversations between Paul McCartney and poet Paul Muldoon dissecting the people, experiences, and art that inspired McCartney’s songwriting. These conversations were held during the past several years as the two collaborated on the best selling book, “The Lyrics: 1965 to Present.” Over two seasons and 24 episodes of “McCartney: A Life in Lyrics”, you’ll hear a combination master class, memoir, and improvised journey with one of the most beloved figures in popular music. Each episode focuses on one song from McCartney’s iconic catalog – spanning early Beatles through his solo work. "McCartney: A Life in Lyrics" is a co-production between Pushkin Industries and iHeartPodcasts.

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