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“The crowd chasing us A hard day’s night were based on moments like this,” McCartney writes. “Our car was pulled over on West Fifty-eighth, crossing the Avenue of the Americas.

Paul McCartney/1964. Eyes of the storm


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“The crowd chasing us A hard day’s night were based on moments like this,” McCartney writes. “Our car was pulled over on West Fifty-eighth, crossing the Avenue of the Americas.

Paul McCartney/1964. Eyes of the storm

When the Beatles embarked on the tour that helped launch the British Invasion in 1964, Paul McCartney had a 35mm camera handy to help document the history-making mayhem. Now, more than half a century later, McCartney’s never-before-seen photos from that tour are being made into a coffee table book and are also on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Both sets will be headlined 1964. Eyes of the HurricaneBoth are due for release in June, and both will feature 275 photos taken as the band toured Liverpool, London, Paris, New York, DC and Miami. McCartney wrote the book’s foreword himself, along with notes reflecting the footage he shot, which includes portraits of bandmates John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

John Lennon and George Harrison, photographed in Paris in 1964.

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John Lennon and George Harrison, photographed in Paris in 1964.

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The archive’s title alludes to the massive attention the band received when Beatlemania took hold, as McCartney asks in his introduction: “What else can you call it? [but] pandemonium”—and the four musicians experienced life-changing shocks. The three never-before-seen photographs on this page capture not only that overwhelming change, but also moments of quiet reflection.

Paul McCartney’s self-portrait in a mirror in Paris in 1964.

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“Anyone who rediscovers a personal relic or family treasure is immediately flooded with memories and emotions that then trigger associations buried in the mists of time,” McCartney writes. 1964. Eyes of the Hurricane. “This was exactly my experience when I saw these photographs, which were taken during an intensive three-month trip that ended in February 1964. It was a great feeling to fall right back. Here is my own post about our first huge trip. A photographic journal of The Beatles in six cities, starting with Liverpool and London, followed by Paris (where John and I were regular hitchhikers three years ago), and then, what we thought was the big time, our first visit as a band. America.”

The book 1964. Eyes of the Hurricane McCartney’s photographs will be part of an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London from June 28 to October 1.

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