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01 JULY, 2011

Linda McCartney’s Tender Photographs of The Beatles and Other Icons

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What the Queen’s speech has to do with Jimi Hendrix’s fro and John Lennon in color.

Last year, the excellent Nowhere Boy offered an unprecedented look at John Lennon’s unknown early life, and earlier this year, the world took a first glimpse of some rare and intimate photos of The Beatles taken by the Fab Four’s tour manager in The Lost Beatles Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive, 1964-1966. This month, the quest to know the private Beatles is catapulted into a whole other dimension in Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs — a remarkable retrospective volume of work by the late and great Linda McCartney, wife of Paul, passionate animal rights activist and, above all, formidable music photographer who captured cultural icons like Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel and The Grateful Dead, and was the first woman to land the coveted Rolling Stone magazine cover with her portrait of Eric Clapton in 1968.

The lavish retrospective, from none other than Taschen, features the most compelling photographs culled from her archive of over 200,000 images. From her early portraits of the Swingin’ Sixties to her final years with The Beatles, McCartney’s work spans an incredible range of cultural history and energy, ranging from the quiet poetry of private moments to the palpable creative energy of studio sessions to the riveting exhilaration of life on and behind the stage.

'My Love' - Linda McCartney, London, 1978

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'The Beatles and Yoko Ono' - Linda McCartney, 1969

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'The Queen's Speech' - Linda McCartney, Liverpool, 1968

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'The Beatles at Brian Epstein’s House' - Linda McCartney, London, 1967

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'The Beatles' - Linda McCartney, Abbey Road, London, 1969

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'Self Portrait, Paul and Mary' - Linda McCartney, London, 1969

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Besides The Beatles, the retrospective, with text by Annie Liebowitz and Martin Harrison, features priceless photos of other icons, including Jimi Henrdix, Twiggy, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Willem de Kooning.

'Jimi Hendrix' - Linda McCartney, 1968

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'Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek' - Linda McCartney, New York City, 1967

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'Twiggy' - Linda McCartney, 1969

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'Johnny and Kate' - Linda McCartney, London, 1995

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'John Lennon In Colour' - Linda McCartney, London, 1969

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Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs is both unassuming and exceptional, humanizing the fetishized concept of celebrity in a way few have managed in the history of photography.

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31 MARCH, 2011

A Rare Archive: The Lost Beatles Photographs

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Last year, we swooned over Nowhere Boy, the lovely documentary about John Lennon’s little-known early life. This month, rock historian Larry Marion furthers our obsession with knowing the unknown Beatles in The Lost Beatles Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive, 1964-1966 — a rare and revealing look at the iconic band through a series of intimate, never-before-seen photographs taken during The Beatles’ three U.S. tours.

The photos were taken by The Fab Four’s tour manager, Bob Bonis, who carried his Leica M3 camera everywhere, capturing pockets of wonderfully candid private moments tucked beneath the band’s overscheduled, overexposed public selves.

In 1964, The Beatles boarded their charter jet at Seattle-Tacoma airport, heading to Vancouver for their first-ever Canadian concert, and the fourth in their first American tour, at the Empire Stadium on August 22.

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George Harrison and Ringo Starr get ready to go onstage in Detroit on August 13, 1966

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George Harrison and John Lennon at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis, August 21, 1966

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George Harrison tunes up backstage at Philadelphia's JFK Stadium on August 16, 1966, in what was the first concert to ever be held at the now-iconic venue

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Ringo plays with a toy gun -- allegedly a gift from Elvis Presley -- during The Beatles' stay at British actor Reginald Owen's Bel Air mansion in Los Angeles while on their 1964 U.S. tour

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While on stage at Bloomington's Metropolitan Stadium on August 12, 1965, George Harrison turns around to face Bonis and gives him a warm thumbs-up

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The Beatles begin the last tour they'd ever go on in Detroit, August 13, 1966

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John Lennon in Portland, Oregon, on August 22, 1965

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After the Vancouver shows, The Beatles flew to Los Angeles, only to find their reservation cancelled when the Ambassador Hotel was overrun by Beatlemaniacs. British actor Reginald Owen stepped in, offering them his Bel Air mansion for $1,000

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Bonis, a man of honor and loyalty, felt wrong about capitalizing on his unprecedented access, so for 40 years his photos remained a rare treat for his friends and family only. He passed away in 1992, and almost two decades later, his son Alex decided it was time to share his father’s collection with the thousands of Beatles fans around the world in The Lost Beatles Photographs. We’re glad he did.

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29 OCTOBER, 2010

BBC’s John Lennon Tribute Rap

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We love John Lennon, but the BBC seems to love him more, or at least better: Lennononandonandon is a wonderful Lennon tribute track by UK rapper Dan Bull, composed of oh-so-many Beatles song titles — test your Beatlemania by counting how many you recognize.

Needless to say, it’s an absolute treat. (So great, in fact, that it even got a nod from Yoko Ono.)

The track celebrates the newly revealed English Heritage blue plaque at John and Yoko’s London home at 34 Montagu Square. The blue plaques are a 140-year-old British tradition honoring and commemorating the link between cultural icons of the past and the buildings they lived or worked in. Roughly 850 have been awarded to date, recognizing greats like Mahatma Gandhi, Charles Dickens, Isaac Newton, Virginia Woolf and Vincent Van Gogh.

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