His immeasurable contributions to modern music, popular culture and charity notwithstanding, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney has revealed himself to be a pioneer in the field of photography as well, disclosing to Jimmy Fallon that he invented both the “selfie” and “photobomb.”
Appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to promote his upcoming sixteenth studio album, New, the rock & roll legend took some time to discuss a few choice photographs from his days as a Beatle before performing the songs New and Save Us.
When asked about a black and white photograph of a camera-clutching McCartney’s own reflection in a mirror, the artist explained, “Most people don’t know that I invented the selfie,” with Fallon assuring McCartney that his invention had “really taken off.”
Fallon followed-up by presenting McCartney with a photo of himself, hidden in the background of a shot of a very suave-looking George Harrison flanked by two adoring fans. “That’s actually me inventing the photobomb,” said McCartney.
Despite his major contributions to mobile culture and recently hosting his first-ever live Twitter Q&A, a source in the McCartney camp recently disclosed that the legend banned all use of social media on the set of his latest music video, as well as all meat consumption.
Readers can check out an excerpt of the interview below, as well as a sketch in which Fallon and McCartney switch accents in a Freaky Friday-like manner. McCartney’s latest album is slated for a UK release of Monday, 14th October 2013.
Watch: Paul McCartney Discusses Inventing ‘The Selfie’
Watch: Jimmy Fallon and Paul McCartney Switch Accents