Sunday, September 16, 2007

Holding Macca's Coat

In 1989, in the course of putting together the official programme for Paul McCartney's world tour, I said to him 'it would be great to photograph some memorabilia, if you have any.'
Oh yes, he had memorabilia. He arranged for me to spend the morning going through a warehouse full of stuff in the East End. It was an astonishing archive. He had the keys to every city in the USA, innumerable gold and silver discs, vituperative letters from John and cosier ones from his bank manager back in Liverpool ("I'm pleased to confirm that the check from EMI has cleared satisfactorily"), old instruments and stage costumes, including the jacket he wore on the cover of Sgt Pepper. The name "Paul" was inscribed under the Berman and Nathan label.
We got permission to photograph some of it, including the jacket, and of course, you couldn't let a chance like that go by...


  1. Sounds a fantastic way to spend a day, sadly on first viewing of the picture I thought you were about to announce you were joining the west country run of "Joseph" oops ;)

  2. If I had all that in a warehouse in east London, I'm not sure I'd be able to sleep for worrying about it.

  3. It also shows that there is something worth more than "luxury loft style apartments" in that bit of town...

  4. Nice one! Although the panel will surely deduct points for only one aloft thumb.

    And I hope you gave whoever used that photo as a beermat a stiff talking-to.

  5. Make a great animated gif for announcing the contents Word Podcast

    “Oyez! Oyez!” in ye Word Podcast this week

    Van Morrison has huff,George Michael has puff, and Britney blows her house down

  6. I have no comment, but this signature:

    In the immortal words of Harry Hill, "the dodo died, Di died, and Dodi's dead. If I was Dido, I'd be getting worried."

  7. If only Mark Ellen was there (plus fake Moustache) it would be perfect double-take material.

  8. Anonymous6:01 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks you look scarily similar to Bryan Adams in this picture?