Mike McCartney Reveals His Favourite Photograph to The Guardian
08 Dec 2021
In an interview
with The Guardian
, Mike McCartney has reflected on one of his most loved photographs in detail. The photo, which features in his forthcoming publication Mike McCartney's Early Liverpool
, captures The Beatles backstage at the Tower Ballroom shortly after one of their shows. It was taken at a time when the band were supporting musicians that they had grown up listening to such as Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.
'Those gigs were extraordinary, absolute magic.' - Mike McCartney
Mike explains that while there are often discussions around the band's differences and disagreements, the great thing about this photo is that it shows them as they were; as friends, messing around.
'The most important thing this photograph communicates is joy. It's all about the fun, the camaraderie.' - Mike McCartney
Mike McCartney's new limited edition provides a unique insight into 1960s Liverpool, capturing the first colour photograph of John, Paul and George together, as well as the wider, thriving Merseybeat scene. 'David Puttnam once wrote in a foreword to one of my books: "What I like about Mike's photos is that he captures a period in time." [...] That's why my new book, Early Liverpool
, is important, because it tells you what life was like back then. Not just the Beatles, but all the other artistic sides of Liverpool - comedy, poetry, pop art. The whole place was bouncing.'
Read the interview in full here