Early Beatles pictures from Mike McCartney’s new book
Some lesser quality and never-before-seen early photos of members of The Beatles have been published by Genesis Publications. Mike McCartney’s new book, “Mike McCartney’s Early Liverpool” has finally arrived after having had some interruptions in the process of making it. According to the publisher, the book brings together all of McCartney’s finest work including a wealth of previously unseen photographs and treasured drawings. McCartney takes us from his very first photograph, taken with the family Kodak Brownie box camera, to experimenting with his Rollei Magic camera and finding a love in surrealism, through to capturing the Merseybeat scene in Liverpool. The venues that were at the heart of the city are all featured, including the Casbah Club, the Jacaranda Club, Hope Hall, the Tower Ballroom and the legendary Cavern Club.
The photo at the top of this blog post was taken outside the Cavern Club in 1962. The dark figure is most likely George Harrison. They are standing next to a car, and behind them in the background is what is now Roag Best’s Liverpool Beatles Museum, as he proudly tweeted. At the top of the photo is The Grapes pub, there then, there now. John is carrying a bag from the NEMS record store, owned by their manager, Brian Epstein. Paul looks to be studying a record or a record cover. Pete Best on Twitter: “Our leather box jackets. I’ve still got mine.” To which Mike replied: “Read about what happened to our kids jacket in my Genesis book Pete! PS you feature nicely in it too👌”
Here another photo in the book, this time inside the Cavern Club with John and Paul on stage and Pete Best in the front.