The collage was designed by Peter Blake and his wife Jann Haworth, and the cut-outs were assembled in Michael Cooper’s London photographic studio. Michael and his team toiled hard to construct the ‘cast of extras’, using a mix of photos sourced from the BBC Hulton Picture Library, images from private collections, waxworks and personal artifacts, including a gnome owned by Ringo Starr.
It’s been 50 years this month since the Beatles broke up, but their music continues to inspire and excite new generations of fans. We go back to where it all started, to the early years on the cusp of fame in Liverpool and Hamburg, with Mark Lewisohn, the world-recognised Beatles historian and author of ‘The Beatles: All These Years – Volume 1 – Tune In’.
Mark takes us from the teenage skiffle years of the late 1950s where they narrowly avoided conscription into the Army, to the first meeting of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the formation of the band, their ground-breaking harmony singing, playing seven hours a night as a bar band in Hamburg, the early Cavern years, and the arrival of manager Brian Epstein and producer George Martin. And all before 1963.
When Paul McCartney phoned George Martin in early 1969 asking him to produce the album that would become Abbey Road, the producer was hesitant.