All the images used within the book were taken on a Nikon COOLPIX 4500
camera, rather than a whole host of professional products, to enable
Mike to take an informal diary of the day’s events.
During the summer of 2005 Mike McCartney was present at the main UK
venue for the LIVE8 concert in Hyde Park in London. He was a guest of
his brother Sir Paul McCartney and the show’s organiser and
founder Sir Bob Geldof.
Throughout the course of the event Mike took a series of private and
quite personal photographs of the performers, the celebrities and other
activities that took place over the day. They have formed a remarkable,
if very intimate, photo diary of the event. Most of Mike’s
pictures are unique from the point of view that they were taken from
within the ‘golden areas’ – those behind
the scenes that were not accessible to the majority of press and
official public relations photographers, and certainly no member of the
public was able to visit them.
In many ways they are an astonishing and unusual
‘unofficial’ record of the day’s
activities, particularly considering Mike’s special
relationship with so many of the celebrities. He was able through those
friendships and close links to photograph them at their ease and in
‘more natural poses’ as they took part in what is
regarded as the most astonishing showbiz gathering so far into this
Now many of his wonderful images are to be published in a special
‘one off’ photo-diary book that records and
celebrates this particular aspect of LIVE8. A special limited edition
of 1,000 copies is to be published by the Wirral based firm of
Cities500 International Publishers, who also published Mike’s
earlier photographic anthology: Mike McCartney’s Liverpool
The luxurious LIVE8 book has the endorsement and full support of both
the event’s creator Sir Bob Geldof and Sir Paul McCartney,
both of whom have written personal forewords.
Extracts from the Forewords
Paul McCartney – “Live8 was one of the
greatest days of the year, possibly the decade. Bob Geldof telephoned
me, explained the idea of Making Poverty History and aiming the concert
at the G8 conference. I was sold. Bob’s a great salesman.
Luckily, my brother Mike was there with his trusty camera to
record the day and capture many of the exciting backstage
happenings. This book is made from a selection of those
pictures and he and I are proud to have been there together and to have
been a part of this momentous event.
Bob Geldolf – “God those bloody
McCartneys. You ask one of them to pitch up - the musical genius one,
and next minute the photographers, designers, guitarists, activists,
mothers, babies, sisters, aunties, uncles and the rest all come and get
stuck in. There must be something in that Liverpool mud.
Here's the brother’s bit. The photographer, poet,
hit songwriter one. He who captured perfectly a coming moment and a
different age just before it happened with his Box Brownie or whatever.
Who felt something long before everyone else. Who could hear the sound
of it being born downstairs in the sitting room long before everyone
else. And he shot it. Here he's at it again with his Box Brownie
digital. Taking shots of maybe another age being born.
About the Book
People who appear in the book
- The book in the first instance is in reality an additional
fundraiser for Sir Bob’s charity and linked to the LIVE8
theme ‘Make Poverty History’.
- Cities500 - under the separate imprint of Woodland
Publishing - is producing 1000 limited edition copies of the book.
- The aim is to commemorate and celebrate the LIVE8 event one
year on – hence Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Bob Geldof have
endorsed Mike McCartney’s concept of the book. He has worked
in collaboration with and Cities599 to make available in book form
those fabulous yet informal photographs taken behind the scenes during
that remarkable day.
- The book helps to re-focus the attention of the world back
to that G8 meeting in Edinburgh and the LIVE8 concerts that highlighted
the plight of the hungry, disposed and needy of Africa some 20 years
after the original LIVE AID concert.
- We believe it is a perfect opportunity to support the ethos
behind the LIVE8 concept as well as being an ideal opportunity to
further the largely philanthropic work of the musicians and others
throughout show business: those who helped draw the world’s
attention to the desperate plight of Third World countries.
- The book is to be officially launched by the Liverpool
Capital of Culture Company in late June (2006).
Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Bob Geldof, Bono and U2, Brad Pitt, Sting,
Jeremy Clarkson, The creators of Little Britain – Matt Lucas
and David Walliams, Coffey Annan, Chris Martyn, John MacInroe, Peter
Kay, Harvey Goldsmith, Slash (ex Guns n Roses), Madonna, Richard
Curtis, Killers, Peter Blake, Sir Ian McKellen, Joss Stone, The Scissor
Sisters, Bill Gates, Pink Floyd’s drummer Nick Mason and
David Gilmour – with his family - and, of course, one of the
seminal band’s founder members, the inimitable Roger Waters,
along with George Michael and Fran Healy from Travis.