Sticking Out Of My Back Pocket: Early Days

Playlist cover featuring a photo of Paul recording McCartney III at the microphone stand. Text overlayed for 'Sticking Out of My Back Pocket' July 2023

As the dust settles from the grand reopening of the London National Portrait Gallery, we're left awe-struck by Paul's extraordinary exhibit, Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of the Storm. Offering us a deeply personal and unparalleled glimpse into the beginnings of ‘Beatlemania’, this collection—curated through Paul's own lens—captivates and transports us back to the thrilling rise of The Beatles.

As you might have already sensed, this month is all about celebrating and immersing ourselves in the sixties, particularly the energy and inspiration ignited by Paul's photographs. With this backdrop in mind, we've curated this month's 'Sticking Out Of My Back Pocket' playlist, plunging us right into the eye of the storm.

The playlist kickstarts our journey with The Beatles' humble beginnings in 'Love Me Do', before catapulting us into the American Invasion marked by the iconic number one single, 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'. We've thoughtfully curated tracks that not only directly come from this transformative period, but are also profoundly inspired by these 'Early Days'.

So, whether you're en route to the National Portrait Gallery to experience the exhibition, immersed in Paul's personal reflections in the 1964 Eyes of the Storm book, or simply longing to revisit the vibrant energy of the sixties, our June edition of the ‘Sticking Out of My Back Pocket’ playlist is here to elevate your nostalgia levels. Dial it up, sit back, and allow us to escort you back in time.

Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of the Storm

28 June – 1 October 2023
⁠The National Portrait Gallery, London
⁠⁠Find out more and get tickets here

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

⁠With additional essays by historian Jill Lepore, Nicholas Cullinan and Rosie Broadley
Buy your copy here