Surely there’s nothing left untold as far as The Beatles are concerned? With images sourced from the archives of the Mirror, (currently the world’s largest newspaper archive) this is a compilation of many previously unseen photos. In his foreword, the Mirror’s 60s showbiz columnist Don Short (who supposedly coined the term “Beatlemania”) states, he was “slightly ahead of the pack” in reporting and collecting snaps of the Fab Four.
The merge of previous Beatles sources, including biographies and newspaper articles, allow the life of the band to be chronologically documented from their birth in ’63 to their last live performance on the roof of Apple studios in ’68, through to the bitter end in 1970. Heavily reliant on imagery, Across The Universe doesn’t offer any great revelations, nor does it ever claim to. Perhaps the only man who could do such a thing is McCartney, who, in his own words, was one of “the only four people who’ve seen the whole Beatlemania from the inside out”.