1964: Eyes of the Storm, Photographs and Reflections by Paul McCartney

1964: Eyes of the Storm, Photographs and Reflections by Paul McCartney

W. W. Norton

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Captured on 35mm film by the renowned Paul McCartney, these previously unseen images document the seismic period between late 1963 and early 1964, when The Beatles catapulted to international fame and revolutionized the music industry. Featuring 275 images from the six cities—Liverpool, London, Paris, New York, Washington, D.C., and Miami—of these legendary months, 1964: Eyes of the Storm also includes:

  • 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

Handsomely designed, 1964: Eyes of the Storm creates an intensely dramatic record of The Beatles’ first transatlantic trip, documenting the radical shift in youth culture that crystallized in 1964.

“You could hold your camera up to the world, in 1964. But what madness would you capture, what beauty, what joy, what fury?” —Jill Lepore

  • Includes all of the photographs from the exhibition, plus additional ones not exhibited

Product Details

  • Product Type: Exhibition Catalog, Hardcover
  • 336 pages, with 275 illustrations
  • Published in 2023
  • Shipping Dimensions: 11.5 × 10.0 × 1.25 inches  (29.2 × 25.4 × 3.2 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 5.15 lb (82.4 oz; 2336 g)
  • SKU010009384 | 9781324093060

About Paul McCartney and Jill Lepore

Born in Liverpool in 1942, Paul McCartney was raised in the city and educated at the Liverpool Institute. Since writing his first song at fourteen, McCartney has dreamed and dared to be different. He lives in England.

Jill Lepore is the David Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. She's also the host of the podcasts The Last Archive and Elon Musk. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, her many books include the international bestseller These Truths; If Then, longlisted for the National Book Award; and the audiobook Who Killed Truth?

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