[27 June 2008]
Mike McCartney, younger brother of Sir Paul McCartney and photographer extraordinaire, unveiled his photography exhibit “Liverpool Life” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on June 26. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s circular gallery in the Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibition Hall will be all about Liverpool in the 1960s this summer and fall. Mike McCartney’s “Liverpool Life”, features extraordinary black-and-white photographs showcasing the origins of the British Invasion.
“It’s the story behind the story of that magical era,” said Mike McCartney while making his personal appearance at the launch. The exhibit is garnering fantastic reviews including that of Jim Henke, vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum who raved, “Mike McCartney is a terrific photographer. On top of that, he was in the right place at the right time. He was in Liverpool, when so many U.S. artists were playing there, and when so many Liverpool bands—including his brother’s band, the Beatles—were on the verge of greatness.”
Since the exhibit does not include any photographs of the Beatles, McCartney was overjoyed to state that he would “be bringing some extra, surprise images, exclusive to the Cleveland exhibition, as a gift from me to you.”
Over the years McCartney has had the opportunity to photograph countless luminaries of our time including, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy J. Kramer, Jeff Beck and the Hollies.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.
Mike McCartney’s Liverpool Life will be on view at the Rock Hall until September 21. Be sure to make it to the exhibition before then. This is something you simply must see for yourself.