The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics

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The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics
Cover by Alan Aldridge
Cover, volume 1 (1969)
Author The Beatles
Alan Aldridge (editor)
Cover artist Alan Aldridge
Subject song lyrics
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Macdonald Unit 75
Publication date
1969, 1971

The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics is a set of two books combining the lyrics of songs by The Beatles with accompanying illustrations and photographs, many by leading artists of the period. Comments from The Beatles on the origins of the songs are also included.[1] The book was edited by Alan Aldridge, who also provided many of the illustrations.[2] The books were published in the UK by Macdonald Unit 75 (later Macdonald & Co) in 1969 and 1971,[3] and in the US by Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence. The book was reprinted as one volume in 1999 by Black Dog & Leventhal, and in a signed limited edition in 2012.[4] Some of the illustrations were fan art solicited by Aldridge.

The book focuses almost exclusively on the lyrics to songs written by Lennon-McCartney and for reasons unclear, not all of the songs written by George Harrison are included, let alone the two songs written by Richard Starkey (AKA Ringo Starr). The book doesn't include the lyrics to the many cover versions of songs recorded for EMI.


Artists and photographers featured in the book (Part II) include:


  • The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, edited by Alan Aldridge. Black Dog & Leventhal/Workman (1999) ISBN 1-57912-058-X
  1. ^ "Lyrics Explained in Book on Beatles", Paul Smurthwaite, Los Angeles Times, Oct 29, 1969
  2. ^ "The Talk: Ink-Stained Wretch", Alan Aldridge, New York Times, September 17, 2006
  3. ^ Visuals: Cover to Cover, Steven Heller, New York Times, May 28, 2009
  4. ^ Omnibus Press edition announcement, at the 2013 London Book Fair website
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