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Paul: Maybe I’m Amazed

Available on the Taschen Web site / Books Art

It’s a testament to just how many cameras Paul McCartney has been subjected to in his lifetime that nearly 60 years after the delirium of the Beatles’ inaugural American tour, never-before-seen shots are still seeing the light of day. Lucky for us, the photos in question, collected in a beautiful new book published by Taschen, are by Harry Benson, the Scottish photojournalist assigned to travel with the Beatles on that fateful first tour. Benson, who at 91 counts Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor among his many subjects—and who happened to be standing next to Robert F. Kennedy when the senator was shot in 1968—was allowed to document “some private and personal moments in [McCartney’s] extraordinary life,” he says. The result is an evolution-in-pictures from the early days of the Beatles to the shaggy days of Wings to the homey days on the family farm with Linda and the kids. —J.V.

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