Offbeat

By Iain Watts


These incredible unseen images show The Beatles as never seen before – through the eyes and camera lenses of their fans.

The collection of more than 250 never-before-published archive pictures documenting the years from 1963 to 1969 reveal a different side to the Fab Four.

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The collection has been uncovered following a global crowdsourcing appeal for fans to raid their attics and albums for unseen, lost or otherwise forgotten images led by Barry Miles, Sir Paul McCartney’s official biographer. 

In less than six weeks, more than 1,000 photographs were submitted from 15 countries across the world including the UK, France, Italy, Spain, US, Australia and New Zealand.

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The pictures chart The Beatles’ astonishing journey from unknown Liverpudlians to the most popular band in the history of music, with pictures spanning the Cavern Club to the birth of Beatlemania, the American tours through to Magical Mystery Tour, to their final album Let it Be, and beyond.

Barry Miles, who also holds a unique place in history as the person who introduced Paul McCartney to the wonderful world of hash-brownies, said: “It has been truly remarkable to see so many incredible submissions.

MERCURY PRESS. 24/5/19. Pictured: John Lennons house, 1968.

“Many of us are familiar with many of the professional photographs of the Fab Four which have been used frequently, published in books and news articles for years.

“It feels really magical to see a different side to the band in the form of stories captured by the fans!”

MERCURY PRESS. 24/5/19. Pictured: Ringo Starr and John Lennon kiss a fan.

The images have been published as a £25 coffee table book called The People’s Beatles published by Photobox, with all profits donated to music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.

An accompanying photographic exhibition will showcase a selection of the best images at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool.