Zayn Malik Cites The Beatles' 'Psychedelic Stuff' as an Inspiration in Latest Book Excerpt

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Zayn Malik attends the Tom Ford September 2016 New York Fashion Week show on Sept. 7, 2016 in New York City.

In the latest excerpt from his memoir ZAYN, One Direction heartthrob-turned-R&B solo artist Zayn Malik writes about drawing inspiration from another popular band: The Beatles.

“I’d been listening to a lot of tracks by The Beatles when I was working on it," he wrote of making his solo debut album, Mind of Mine. "I had really got into some of their more psychedelic stuff, like ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’ from the 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The piano chords at the start of ‘Fool for You,’ and the guitars, were inspired by The Beatles’ sound…I like to draw on the influence of all sorts of music and artists.”

In the excerpt shared with The Fader, Malik also writes about choosing the final songs to go on Mind of Mine, which debuted at the top of the Billboard 200.

“When I’d finally finished recording Mind of Mine, I realized I had put down 48 songs. I couldn’t believe we had so many. It was a nightmare choosing the final list, especially because all the songs meant a lot to me, and I procrastinated as much as I could before making my decision. In the end, it all came together; the songs chosen for the album spoke for themselves.

The memoir is set to focus on Malik’s career, and he plans to show his fans "as much as I can so that you can judge me on my own terms, not on what the press or anyone else says."

ZAYN will also feature the singer’s inspirations, candid thoughts and personal touches, like song lyrics, drawings and never-before-seen photographs.

The autobiography will be released Nov. 1 through Penguin Random House and is currently available for pre-order on Malik’s website and various online retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


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