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Robert Freeman, photograph of the Beatles, published a book of photographs entitled “Yesterday: The Beatles, 1963-1965”.
Paul McCartney wrote the following foreword:
When Bob Freeman first took photographs of the Beatles, we treated him like any other photographer. It was when he returned with the results that we began to look at him in a different light. He brought with him large grainy prints, the like of which we had never seen before.
Being given these made a great impression on us, and consequently we were eager to pose for him from then on. Although many other people were taking photos of us at that time, I think we all felt that his stuff somehow summed up our own feelings.
The photographs were artistic without being pretentious, and yet they were commercial enough to be enjoyed by the ordinary fan in the street. The fact that we always felt quite easy about being snapped by him shows in the pictures themselves.
When we came to choose which of Bob’s photos we should use for the cover of “Rubber Soul”, he visited us at a friend’s flat one evening. Whilst projecting the slides on to an album-sized piece of white cardboard, Bob inadvertently titled the card backwards. The effect was to stretch the perspective and elongate the faces. We excitedly asked him if it was possible to print the photo in this way. Being Bob, he said ‘yes’, and the cover to our album ‘Rubber Soul’ was decided.
I have a feeling that his photos were amongst the best ever taken of the Beatles.Paul McCartney
Last updated on July 31, 2021
"An updated edition of the best-seller. The story of what happened to the band members, their families and friends after the 1970 break-up is brought right up to date. A fascinating and meticulous piece of Beatles scholarship."
We owe a lot to Keith Badman for the creation of those pages, but you really have to buy this book to get all the details - a day to day chronology of what happened to the four Beatles after the break-up and how their stories intertwined together!
This edition of the book compiles more outrageous opinions and unrehearsed interviews from the former Beatles and the people who surrounded them. Keith Badman unearths a treasury of Beatles sound bites and points-of-view, taken from the post break up years. Includes insights from Yoko Ono, Linda McCartney, Barbara Bach and many more.