You’ve held exhibitions and released books before. Why is Rare and Unseen different?
I have millions of photos in my archive. Most aren’t worth looking at [laughs], but still the folks at Iconic Images, who manage my archive for me, suggested we do a book of my lesser-known work and some of the vintage press prints. You see, we used to produce prints to send out to newspapers. Occasionally, the prints with all the markings, captions and stamps were sent back to me, and I kept them!
You started in the 1960s – the time of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Were they the hellraisers we’ve all been led to believe?
I wasn’t really involved in the partying, as I was too busy running around getting to my next job. But sure, we went out on occasion. I remember sitting in a club in Leicester Square in about 1965, the Ad Lib, it’s where everyone used to go, and a couple of The Beatles were there, a few of the Stones. But we were laughing about the proper jobs we’d get once this whole thing was over – the fame, the celebrity. We didn’t think it would last. Ringo said he’d open a chain of hair salons with his wife; George said he’d work in a bank. Then someone said, “Imagine Mick still on stage when he’s 40!” Now look at him [laughs].