Rare photos of The Beatles that will be featured in a book titled “Some Fun Tonight” which will be released February 7, 2014.
The photos were taken in Los Angeles, during a break in their final tour in August 1966. (Although the photo of John certainly doesn’t look like ‘66).
Scan - George with his brother Peter, 1950s
Scanned from Living in the Material World
"This fiery halo appeared over Julian’s head as the polaroid developed, which prompted John to quip, ‘My boy’s pretty hot stuff.’" -May Pang
Feb. 1981. Montserrat.
"These are two people kissing me: it looks like Paul and Linda.
I can even recognise them without their heads! Who took these shots? They are the worst shots ever; nobody’s got a head!
My friendship with Paul goes way back. He was in that band we put together with John and George. I don’t know why they were kissing me. Maybe they just couldn’t help themselves. I’m dressed really smartly here, look at this: a tie with a pin.”
-From Photograph. Page 293.
Scan - George Harrison; Lake Palace, Udaipur, India, 1974, from George’s camera
Scanned from Living in the Material World
"Each person has to find for himself a way for inner realisation. I still believe that’s the only reason we’re on this planet. It’s like going to school again: each soul is potentially divine and the goal is to manifest that divinity. Everything else is secondary." - George Harrison
"This was taken by Mum or Dad. What I remember best of this time are the cozzies [bathing costumes]. They were made of wool, and as you went through the water they became heavier and heavier until they’d start slipping down and eventually the bloody things came off.
We were typical brothers, always fighting (and we still are). Paul was bigger and stronger than me at first, and when he started to put on some puppy fat, the only way I could get back at him was by calling him ‘Fattie.’”
- Mike McCartney
Ringo at home: “I’m still wearing all the rings, and this is the St. Francis necklace that my auntie got me, which was ripped off in New York. That necklace has a story. My auntie bought it for me, but when we were in New York, kids jumped on our backs and stole it. I went on [local DJ] Cousin Brucie’s radio show and said, ‘I’ll give you a kiss if you bring me back my necklace.’ A girl turned up with the necklace, so I gave her a kiss, and I’ve still got it. The fans didn’t really attack us a lot, so these kids just got lucky. We would go out quite a bit, in those days, but it would start getting really crazy later on.” [X]
paul mccartney, 1989. scanned from paul by LIFE (2014).
Jane and Paul photographed by Harry Benson in 1964.
This photo is published in the new special edition soft-cover LIFE Book, PAUL, currently on sale ($13.99) and is about 3 1/2” wide.
Unfortunately there was no information about when and where the photo was taken - but seems to be early 1964. (Sorry about the spots - my old computer died last month and I don’t yet have a real photo program for the new computer - and my scanner isn’t functioning fully with Windows 8. Will scan this again when I have full retouching capabilities restored soon!)
Scan - Watering Paradise Island, Bahamas, during Help!, 1965. Scanned from I Me Mine
Photo: Camera 5
George Harrison, Isle of Skye, Scotland, 1971 - photographed by Pattie Boyd
"George was always a reluctant famous person." - Pattie Boyd, British Beatles Fan Club interview
"[In the summer of 1971, George and Pattie traveled by train from London to Kyle of Lochalsh, with Donovan and his wife, Linda - and then on to Skye, where they stayed at Donovan’s house] Details of the secret pilgrimage to the beautiful Hibredean island only emerged in 2007, when Pattie discovered long-lost photographs of her former husband gazing out across the Cuillins and clowning around for the camera on the ferry trip. Wearing a baggy jumper and a wooly, beanie-type hat, and with his hair falling past his shoulders, George is virtually unrecognisable as the innocent young moptop of 1963-1966. Instead he is very much a mixture of hippie hobo and wandering mystic, happy to indulge in a bit of fun. […]
During his few days back on the island, George and Donovan were happy just to wander about. Donovan told me: ‘Linda and I were delighted to show our dear friends the beauty of Skye. We had our little one-year-old daughter Astrella with us, and George was enraptured by her. As I let my feelings drift back to that long-ago summer, I see four young friends walking the grassy slopes of island cliffs, gazing out to sea at the shimmering terns and the clear blue sky. All the world was young, and the possibility of peace was in every gentle heart.’
Donovan’s long-time friend Sam Richards was occasionally part of the company. He says: ‘George was a very sweet guy, very humble. We went down to the Stein Inn and had a couple of pints in there. For the most part Don and he kept themselves to themselves. He signed a couple of autographs, but by and large he was left alone. I’m sure the locals were surprised to find a Beatle in their midst, but no one bothered him much. I think he was just enjoying some peace and quiet away from all the hassles people like him have to go throught. Most of the time they just hung out with each other, playing guitars.
'George had travelled up from London and he and Pattie got the ferry over from the mainland. I remember it was bitterly cold at that time of year and I gave George a big hug to keep him warm. I don't think he even had a change of clothing. I seem to remember him leaving in the same clothes as he arrived. The weather was so wild I remember him saying you could die out there. So he started fantasising with Donovan about how you could build a tunnel from Don's house down to the boathouse. And they were both talking about how it could be done. They were always joshing with each other, a lot of banter. He was a really lovely fellow.'
The last word, naturally, lies with Donovan: ‘I am always surprised how long a band does stay together. They were together the longest time. We are grateful for the time they were together. It’s not easy. I welcomed their solo careers and don’t really miss anything. The music of the band is alive and well. In many ways they were the best friends this planet ever had.’” - From The Beatles in Scotland by Ken McNab
Dangerously ill from the eve of his seventh birthday, Richy in Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital a happy shot that belies a bleak and tedious yearlong recovery from peritonitis. Three times doctors predicted he wouldn’t last the night.
From the book The Beatles All These Years Tune In Vol. 1 by Mark Lewisohn, Page 218
He proved them wrong
Filming Help! at Cliveden House, Maidenhead, Berkshire - May 1965
Scan - Mal Evans helps John Lennon with his suit
Photo: The Beatles Book/Leslie Bryce
Image: George by Stuart Sutcliffe
"The Harrisons always paid their way honestly. ‘Get out and get a job, son’. Demands that he do something mounted inexorably until…George couldn’t stand being got at any longer and got out. He quit, moving out of the family home and into Gambier Terrace.
It was a boldly independent step for a 17-year-old, and obligingly generous of John and Stu to shove aside some debris and make space. Though the studio room was a pigsty, from George’s point of view, here was sanity, space to think, to smoke, to play his guitar, to be with John and Stu.”—-All These Years/Tune In by Mark Lewisohn