As the world continues to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America, Paul McCartney has announced the publication of a new photo book that offers a unique glimpse into the band's rise to fame. "1964: Eyes of the Storm" is a collection of 275 photographs taken by McCartney himself during the height of Beatlemania, between late 1963 and early 1964.
The photographs, all taken on 35mm film, offer a personal look back at that time, capturing the Beatles' travels through Liverpool, London, Paris, New York, Washington, and Miami. The collection also includes several never-before-seen portraits of John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
The book, which is set to be published on June 13, features a foreword by McCartney himself, an introduction by Harvard historian and New Yorker essayist Jill Lepore, a preface by Nicholas Cullinan (director of the National Portrait Gallery, London), and an essay by senior curator Rosie Broadley.
"Anyone who rediscovers a personal relic or family treasure is instantly flooded with memories and emotions, which then trigger associations buried in the haze of time," McCartney wrote in press materials. "This was exactly my experience in seeing these photos, all taken over an intense three-month period of travel, culminating in February 1964."
A Photographic Journal of The Beatles
The photographs, taken by McCartney over a three-month period of travel, offer a unique perspective on the Beatles' rise to fame.
"It was a wonderful sensation to be plunged right back," McCartney writes. "Here was my own record of our first huge trip, a photographic journal of The Beatles in six cities, beginning in Liverpool and London, followed by Paris (where John and I had been ordinary hitchhikers three years before), and then what we regarded as the big time, our first visit as a group to America." The photographs offer a personal look back at the Beatles' travels through Liverpool, London, Paris, New York, Washington, and Miami, capturing the band's experiences in the midst of Beatlemania.
The collection also includes several never-before-seen portraits of John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The book is set to be published on June 13th.
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