An exhibition celebrating the solo career of Paul McCartney after the break-up of the Beatles will open in Liverpool on Saturday (Aug. 2), organized by students from his former school. "The Solo Years

An exhibition celebrating the solo career of Paul McCartney after the break-up of the Beatles will open in Liverpool on Saturday (Aug. 2), organized by students from his former school. "The Solo Years -- Paul McCartney" will be held at the Beatles Story museum in response to fans' demands.

The exhibition will focus both on McCartney's continuing musical success and his involvement with his former school, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), where he is leading patron.

"I was recently made very aware, in addition to everything that Paul has achieved in his career, of his influence on the new generation," said Jerry Goldman, Director of the Beatles Story.

At 61, McCartney is still hugely popular at home and abroad. In June he completed a year-long world tour, taking in 58 cities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Japan before moving to Europe. He finished with an emotional concert on Liverpool's King's Dock which sold out within 45 minutes.

The exhibition will include a video message from McCartney, telling the audience of his involvement with LIPA and what it means to him. "It's great that my old school is now back in use helping the next generations," he says. "It's exciting that once again my home town will be the world's target for tomorrow's talent."

Morgan Large, a LIPA student and the chief designer, says the exhibition provides a map of McCartney's life with such landmarks as Forthlin Road, McCartney's family home, the Mull of Kintyre (the subject of a hit song) and Liverpool Cathedral, where his Liverpool Oratorio was first performed.


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