Paul McCartney explores his influences in new podcast

Paul McCartney is to explore the people, experiences and art that has inspired his songwriting in a new podcast.

In McCartney: A Life in Lyrics, the Beatles star will delve into his creative process alongside Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon across 24 episodes.

Each episode will see the pair focus on one song from Sir Paul’s back catalogue, spanning from his early Beatles tracks to his solo work.

The episodes will be split across two seasons and will be a combination of a “master class, memoir, and improvised journey” – with the beloved musical veteran.

The first episode, released on October 4, sees the former Beatle and Muldoon discuss how the Soviet Union influenced the 1968 song Back In The USSR.

The singer explained that he took inspiration from Chuck Berry’s Back In The USA, saying: “It was a little bit too pro-US, because we were in the UK, so I could poke fun at it in my own way.

“And when I saw that USSR was kind of similar then I realised I could set it back in the US, I could do a little parody on Chuck’s idea of being back and I would have a Russian guy who had come from America and was glad to be back in Russia.

“And he’d come from Miami on BOAC – British Overseas Airwaves Cooperation.”

The conversations between McCartney, 81, and Muldoon, 72, were recorded across the last few years as they collaborated on the book The Lyrics: 1965 to Present.

Released in 2021, the book features 154 songs from all stages of his career, spanning The Beatles, Wings and as a solo artist.

Paul released 12 studio albums with the Beatles alongside fellow bandmates John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

He also released seven studio albums with his later group Wings and has recorded a host of his own solo work.

Created by iHeartPodcasts and Pushkin, episodes of the series will also be broadcast on select radio stations on Sunday morning starting on October 8.

The first episode of McCartney: A Life in Lyrics is available on October 4.

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