Paul McCartney has taken a trip back to the early days of “Beatlemania,” with his first book of original Beatles photos, titled, 1964: Eyes Of The Storm. The tome, which will be published on June 13th, features 275-shots of long unseen “Macca” photographs spotlighting six city portfolios — Liverpool, London, Paris, New York, Washington, D.C. and Miami — along with McCartney’s personal recollections of the photos.
Rolling Stone quoted McCartney talking about the book, which covers November 1963 to February 1964, as saying: “Looking at these photos now, decades after they were taken, I find there’s a sort of innocence about them. Everything was new to us at this point. But I like to think I wouldn’t take them any differently today. They now bring back so many stories, a flood of special memories, which is one of the many reasons I love them all, and know that they will always fire my imagination. The fact that these photographs have been taken by the National Portrait Gallery is humbling yet also astonishing — I’m looking forward to seeing them on the walls, 60 years on.”
Paul McCartney feels that unlike the days of rampant “Beatlemania,” dealing with fame and the general public now is pretty much mellow and enjoyable for him: “Y’know, only occasionally it gets a little bit too hectic, y’know, where you can’t get out of your office building, ’cause, like there millions of people there or something, But I say, that comes with the game, y’know, that’s the fame game. And those people have come there only ’cause they like you, so you can’t really blame them, either, y’know? So, yeah, I’ve come to terms with it. It is something I do enjoy and I suppose I’m enjoying it as much as I ever did now, really.”