Icónica carátula de los Beatles de su disco de 1967, “Sargeant Pepper & The Lonely Heart Club Band ” ..Fotos por el gran Michael Cooper R.I.P., aprecia las fotos que fureon descartadas, todo un tesoro de outtakes,
Decades after the Beatles turned a stroll across the road — Abbey Road, that is — into one of the most widely copied images of the rock era, police in Calcutta, India are using the Fab Four to try and promote better traffic safety.
Calcutta’s Telegraph newspaper reports that after years of trying to combat rule-flouting pedestrians who don’t think it’s cool to obey the law, officials stumbled across an ad campaign that’s proven wildly successful: using the ‘Abbey Road’ cover to demonstrate that four of the coolest guys in the world understood the value of using a crosswalk.
“We toyed with ideas ranging from Shakira to ‘Gangnam Style,’ keeping the youth in mind. We finally chose the Beatles because of their timeless appeal and the photograph, which fits the bill,” a spokesperson tells the Telegraph. A police commissioner adds, “The Beatles touched thousands of lives with their music and we are simply trying to use their universal appeal to save lives.”
It appears to be working, too. The Telegraph article quotes one young teacher as saying, “Earlier, Calcutta police to me meant pot-bellied and uncool people. But after seeing this, I think they are the coolest! I want to meet the guy behind this idea. Now when I use a zebra crossing, I feel I am walking down Abbey Road!”
Of course, using the Beatles as an example of proper road-crossing etiquette may mean an upswing in the number of Calcuttans who decide to start walking across the street without shoes, which could create its own set of problems. But at least they aren’t imitating the cover of ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,’ right?
In October 1963, the word “Beatlemania” was coined in Britain to describe the reactions of screaming young girls every time they heard the Beatles‘ music, either in performance or on the radio. On Feb. 7, 1964, the U.S. got its first proper taste of Beatlemania, as the group arrived in America for the first time.
As their star rose in the U.K., their singles were repeatedly rejected by EMI’s American subsidiary, Capitol Records, and instead issued on small, local labels Vee-Jay and Swan to little success. But by the end of 1963, after a few news reports focused on the Beatles’ success in England, Capitol relented and released ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand.’ The song began its rise up the charts, and while performing in Paris in mid-January 1964, Beatles received word that ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ had gone to No. 1 in America.
A few months prior, Ed Sullivan had arrived in London as the Beatles were returning home from a tour of Sweden and witnessed Beatlemania first-hand. Curious, he inquired about booking the band for his show. An arrangement was eventually reached, with the band appearing on three consecutive weeks, beginning Feb. 9.
Early in the morning of Feb. 7, the group left London on Pan Am flight 101 to conquer America, receiving a send-off at the airport from thousands of fans. That afternoon, they landed at John F. Kennedy Airport, which had been renamed in memory of the slain president six weeks earlier. Unaware of how they would be received in a land where other British acts had fallen flat, they were shocked to discover that an estimated 5,000 screaming fans were waiting for them.
A swarm of reporters and photographers crammed into Pan Am’s office for a press conference. The media, thinking that rock n’ roll singers were incapable of talking in complete sentences, asked a variety of condescending questions, mostly related to their hairstyle. But the Beatles, who were used to this treatment, fired back with wit and charmed those in attendance.
The scenes at the airport, and the rest of that first trip to America, was captured on film by Albert and David Maysles. Originally released in 1964, it was re-edited and released for home video in 1991 as ‘The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit.’
Over the next three years, he would photograph them time and again behind closed doors, capturing a rare insider’s view of The Beatles’ world. Many of those rare photographs are featured in this Rock Paper Photo collection. “They were accustomed to seeing me with a camera, documenting everything that went on around me,” Henry explains. “It was simply part of me, part of who I was. More than that, I had become a friend. So when I pulled out my camera, no one thought twice about it. No one cared. It wasn’t seen as invasive.”
The existence of such a massive cache of never-seen images is one of the most unexpected and significant Beatles discoveries of recent years. From private moments at home with their loved ones, to candid moments off set and at recording sessions, Henry took more photos of The Beatles over a longer period of time than any other photographer. Amazingly, only a small fraction of the more than 6,000 images he took of the group has ever been available for purchase — until now.
Los Monkees fueron creados en 1966 por unos productores de la Televisión Americana, ellos se inspiraron después de ver la película de los Beatles de 1964 “A Hard Day’s Night“. Mucha gente pensó que los Beatles detestarían a sus nuevos rivales con las muchachitas y los rankings musicales.
Los Beatles cuando los Monkees fueron por primera vez a Inglaterra no dudaron en recibirlos, ellos y su manager Brian Epstein hicieron una fiesta interrumpiendo las grabaciones de su disco “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” para decirles que eran fans de los Monkees y que no se perdían un solo programa.
John Lennon, George Harrision con Mike Nessmith en la fiesta
John Lennon les dijo en sus caras peladas “No me pierdo ni un episodio de ustedes por nada” y George Harrison sabiendo las limitaciones musicales de los Monkees les dijo ” Con el pasar de los años la gente se dará cuenta que ustedes son los mejores.”
Acá vemos una foto de Nesmith y Lennon grabando la canción “A Day In The Life”
Peter Tork fue uno de los músicos de George Harrison’s en Wonderwall Music, McCartney’s llegando a tocar el banjo de cinco cuerdas.
En 1995, Ringo Starr hizo un comercial con los The Monkees para Pizza Hut…
No se diga más : Los Beatles y sus rivales pre producidos Norteamericanos fueron mejores amigos por conveniencia o por química, si Jimi Hendrix estuvo de gira con los Monkees en 1967 en U.S.A todo es posible.