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Born at the end of World War Two on 7th January 1944 and brought up in Liverpool, Mike McCartney was educated at the Liverpool Institute High School, tried to get into Art School, but ended up a
ladies hairdresser.
From here he entered ‘showbiz’ in the ‘One Fat Lady All Electric Show’ which eventually became SCAFFOLD. Because of Beatlemania, Mike had to change his name to ‘McGear’, and was an integral part of the 60’s Merseybeat era, but on the more theatrical, poetic side.
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Scaffold were mainly a university, satirical comedy act, but in 1967 Mike got them into the pop world by writing their first top 5 single ,and Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s favourite record!…
‘Thank U Very Much’.

In 1968 their big popular hit ‘Lily The Pink’ reached the top of the National charts (here and abroad) and stayed number 1 for FIVE weeks.
Mike’s songs were responsible for introducing decimalisation to Britain!, and Scaffold’s last top five single, produced by Paul McCartney with Wings, was ‘Liverpool Lou’.

The eighties saw the release of his autobiography ‘Thank U Very Much’ (a personal favourite of Andy Warhol’s) and his photographic book and exhibition ‘Mike Mac’s White and Black’s’, was staged at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and the prestigious Photographers Gallery, London, before touring Britain, Japan and America, plus guest appearance in New York on the notorious Howard Stern’s ‘K-Rock’ show, extended to one and a half hours!
In the nineties Scaffold reformed for Chris Tarrants ‘Telethon’ charity TV, alongside Bill Wyman, Peter O’Toole, 10cc and… Geoffrey Archer!, EMI released CD’s entitled ‘The Best of Scaffold EMI Years’ plus ‘Scaffold at Abbey Road’, Rykodisc records (USA) re- released Mike’s 1974 ‘McGear’ album, with UK release on ‘See For Miles’, and the children’s book he’d worked on for six years, ‘Sonny Joe and the Ringdom Rhymes’, was published by Collins Books.

As a result of seeing Mikes photographs , the National Trust restored and opened his old 20 Forthlin Road home, and 1998 saw the transmission of‘Abbey Road, 65 Years Celebration’ TV show, with Mike alongside Elgar, Beatles, Pink Floyd, Glen Miller, Fred Astaire!, etc.
In 2000, Q Magazine commissioned Mike’s photographs for their ‘Greatest Rock and Roll Photographs of All Time’, and his images were shown on the worldwide MTV ‘Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Pop Songs’ TV programme.

To experiment with his photography Mike started their Silk Screen printing at Liverpool Art College, continued the process in Guadalajara, Mexico and finished the art in New York, where he exhibited at the exclusive Friars Club (president Frank Sinatra) He was then asked by Curwen Press, associated with the Royal Academy, to print images of Little Richard and Gene Vincent live in Liverpool, for their new Lithographic process, which ended up as a signed, limited edition.
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Mike had the honour of having eleven of his photographs bought for the nation and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery London (with ‘best wishes’ from Prime Minister Tony Blair)and his ‘Mike McCartney’s Liverpool Life’ exhibition (and MMLL book) was seen in Liverpool, Canada and finally at the world famous Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, for one year.

On September 5th 2004 Mike’s and his family life changed quite dramatically for the next year and a half… but more of that in A4B.

Also in 2004 Liverpool JMU University awarded Mike an Honorary Fellowship at Liverpool Cathedral and the Bishop of Birkenhead appointed Mike the ‘Cultural Ambassador for Wirral’ where his now lives with his wife and sons, having brought up his three daughters.
In 2005 his brother invited him to Live8 Hyde Park, which resulted, one year later, in
‘Mike McCartney’s Live8 Coolpix’ hard back (to mark such an important occasion) which he and his publisher have donated the first thousand book profits to the Band Aid Trust. To date over £6,000 has been raised, but even more…with your help. Both covers of Live8 and MMLL were designed by eldest son Josh (www.group-hug.com)

Mike was a strong supporter of Liverpool as European Capital of Culture 2008 and is currently working on a Liverpool photographic book with Willy Russell for 2009.

Jan. 27th this year sees the launch of 'Mike McCartney's North Highlands' exhibition at Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, followed by a book with forwards by Prince Charles, Billy Connolly, and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. This exhibition and book then feature at the 'ArtDeCaf' Gallery, Brunswick Street, Glasgow from Feb. 9th (with prints for sale) and then tours Scotland and possibly America as part of The Year of Homecoming celebrations.

Mike and son Sonny fly to Dublin's Leinster Gallery in February to open the Irish exhibition and Genesis book by Lew Allen (and him!) entitled...' Elvis & the Birth of Rock' featuring the King, Buddy Holly,and Everly Brothers,etc...but more in 'LINKS' section.

   
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