"The Mad Day: Summer of '68" , an exhibit of rare Beatles photographs will open to the public tomorrow at Liverpool's Mathew Street Gallery. Society photographer, Tom Murray, recalled the day he shot the photos:
"It really was a mad day and a total fluke that I was there. Don McCullum, the war photographer, asked me if I'd like to come along on a shoot of a band, he didn't say which, and I agreed. When I turned up I heard someone playing Lady Madonna on the piano. I walked in and realized it was Paul McCartney. I though, 'Oh God, that's Paul McCartney'. Then I saw John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and then George Harrison and Ringo Starr. I was a massive Beatles fan, like everyone else, and I couldn't believe my eyes. I had no lights, no tripod, no assistant, no second camera. All I could do was just shoot them outside and have fun, which is exactly what I did."Mr. Murray took two rolls of film that day. He developed the rolls, decided to keep only 23 of the negatives, tossed them in a drawer, and promptly forgot about them. They remained in that drawer for 20 years.
The exhibit is comprised of sixteen 20"x24" prints. The photographs have only been exhibited in Europe once before during a one night show in London three years ago. The exhibition will run through June 30 in the Mathew Street Gallery, just a few steps away from the Cavern Club. Mr. Murray says:
"I'm proud of the photographs and I'm excited about bringing the band back to their home city. The Mathew Street Gallery was recommended to me by Pete Best, the original drummer with the Beatles, and it is a fantastic space."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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