Paul McCartney has once again teamed up with poet Paul Muldoon, his collaborator on No. 1 bestseller The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present, to deliver a new podcast dubbed McCartney: A Life in Lyrics co-produced by Pushkin Industries and iHeartPodcasts, out Sept. 20, 2023.
McCartney: A Life in Lyrics is a combination master class, memoir, and sporadic excursion with one of the most well-known figures in popular music. Each episode will focus on a song from McCartney’s beloved archive, ranging from early Beatles material to his solo repertoire.
The podcast allows listeners to sit in on conversations between McCartney and Muldoon as they discuss individuals, experiences, and the art that inspired the master musician’s distinguished songwriting ability. “When we listened back to the tapes, we realized there was something very special happening in these conversations,” Muldoon explains in the prologue episode, out now. “It was McCartney unfiltered.”
The first season of McCartney: A Life in Lyrics will present 12 episodes that pertain to timeless numbers such as “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.”
“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.
New episodes of McCartney: A Life in Lyrics will be released weekly starting Sept. 20, 2023, on iHeartRadio, Apple, Spotify, wherever podcasts are available. The podcast’s second season will follow, with an additional 12 episodes in February 2024.