An epic, new worldwide photography project to crowdsource, edit and publish a unique photographic biography and picture archive of The Beatles – as seen exclusively through the eyes and camera lens of fans who were there.
Produced & published by Photobox and launched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ last ever live performance, The People’s Beatles will provide a people’s portrait charting the astonishing journey from unknown Liverpudlians to the most popular band in the history of music.
Headline Details: ● Paul McCartney’s official biographer, Barry Miles, to lead global appeal calling on members of the public to raid albums & attics for unseen, lost or otherwise forgotten pictures of the Fab Four.
● Over 500 of the best photographs and accompanying anecdotes will be published in a must-have coffee table book in May, alongside an accompanying photographic exhibition at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool.
● All profits donated to Nordoff Robbins, the largest independent Music Therapy charity in UK.
● The People’s Beatles first edition will be presented to Paul McCartney to mark the anniversary.
● Members of the public encouraged to submit images and memories at http://www.peoplesbeatles.com
Photobox, Europe’s largest gifting and photo personalisation company, have today launched a global search for unseen, lost or otherwise forgotten photographs of the world’s most influential rock n’ roll band, The Beatles.
Launched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ last ever live performance which took place on the roof of Apple Records in London on 30th January 1969, The People’s Beatles will provide a people’s portrait charting the astonishing journey from unknown Liverpudlians to the most popular band in the history of music. The project will cover everything from Hamburg to the Cavern Club, the birth of Beatlemania, to the American tours; from the Magical Mystery Tour, to their final album, Let it Be, and beyond.
Bestselling author Barry Miles, who has written the only authorised biography on Sir Paul McCartney, in addition to over fifty cultural histories on all aspects of sixties counterculture, will lead a global appeal calling on members of the public to raid albums and attics for unseen, lost or otherwise forgotten photographs of the Fab Four at any period in the band’s history.
Miles attended many of the seminal Beatles recording sessions including ‘All You Need is Love’ and ‘Sgt Pepper’ and he also holds a unique place in history as the person who introduced Paul McCartney to the wonderful world of hash-brownies.
“There has comfortably been over 2000 books published about the Beatles, none however are quite like this.” Comments Barry Miles. “Alongside the screaming, another defining memory of being in and around the band was the sheer number of photographs people were constantly taking.
“Not only will this be a wonderful personal trip down memory lane, I’m hoping we’ll unearth a treasure trove of unseen or long forgotten photos of the band who changed history.”
Rory Scott, Head of Communications at Photobox who are leading the search said: “Only eight years separate the release of the Beatles’ first single and Paul McCartney’s shock announcement that he was leaving the band. During that time, they became the most famous, most adored and most photographed people on the planet – with the vast majority of those pictures taken not by professionals, but by fans. Where are those photos now?
“50 years on we’re embarking on our own magical mystery tour to unearth hidden or lost gems that will hopefully shine a new, intimate perspective on the Fab Four seen through the eyes of the fans.”
Martin King, Manager of The Beatles Story, said: “As a leading authority on The Beatles we are always on the lookout for new and never-before seen images of the Fab Four. We believe even 50 years on since their final performance there are plenty more photographs to be found.
We’re excited to see what images are unearthed and look forward to exhibiting the best of at The Beatles Story in the spring.”
Images can be submitted at http://www.peoplesbeatles.com from Wednesday 30th January until Friday 15th March 2019.
The People’s Beatles coffee table book will be published in May 2019 featuring over 500 unseen photographs – and their accompanying anecdotes – with a written narrative from Barry Miles.
All profits will be donated to Nordoff Robbins, the largest independent Music Therapy charity in the UK, while an accompanying photographic exhibition will showcase a selection of the best images at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool.
For more go to http://www.peoplesbeatles.com