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Paul McCartney’s newly discovered Beatlemania photos to be featured in new book and exhibit

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The National Portrait Gallery in London announced on January 25 that it will feature a new exhibition of photographs taken by Paul McCartney. The exhibition called “Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of The Storm” features photos newly discovered by McCartney in 2020 that he took during late 1963 and early 1964 that he thought were lost.

The images were taken during the height of Beatlemania when The Beatles became an international sensation and changed the course of music history. The photos include images from six cities―Liverpool, London, Paris, New York, Washington, D.C., and Miami.

“Millions of eyes were suddenly upon us, creating a picture I will never forget.”―Paul McCartney

In addition, the companion new photography book, 1964: Eyes of the Storm, will be released five days before Paul McCartney’s 81st birthday on June 13, 2023. The book includes 275 images as well as:

•A personal foreword in which McCartney recalls the pandemonium of British concert halls, followed by the hysteria that greeted the band on its first American visit

•Candid recollections preceding each city portfolio that form an autobiographical account of the period McCartney remembers as the “Eyes of the Storm,” plus a coda with subsequent events in 1964

•“Beatleland,” an essay by Harvard historian and New Yorker essayist Jill Lepore, describing how The Beatles became the first truly global mass culture phenomenon

•A Preface by Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, and Another Lens, an essay by Senior Curator Rosie Broadley

According to Waterstones, in his Foreword and Introductions to the six city portfolios, McCartney remembers ‘what else can you call it – pandemonium‘ and conveys his impressions of Britain and America in 1964 – the moment when the culture changed and the Sixties really began.

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The exhibit will run from June 28 to October 1 in London.

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