Hewlett-Packard and Paul McCartney’s media company MPL Communications have launched a private archive of the singer’s material in a digital cloud library. The Paul McCartney Digital Library will house five decades worth of the former Beatle’s personal collection of memorabilia. For the time being, it is for McCartney’s own use, but it could be opened up in the future.
The archive holds over one million items including more than half a million photographs, video footage from live concerts, music recordings, McCartney’s original paintings, handwritten lyrics, notes, sketches, and more. The digital cloud archive protects MPL’s physical library in London by holding backup files and enables easy access to material. Paul McCartney said in a press release:
It’s really exciting because even if I’m out on tour anywhere in the world, I will be able to say, OK, ‘Wings 1976 tour’ and instantly, it will come up. You’ve got all the information, all the photos from it. And you’ll have written accounts–personal accounts and critical accounts–of what happened.