The Beatles, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, ‘In Chiswick Park for Promo Films Paperback Writer & Rain’ © Robert Whitaker at Proud Galleries, London

The Beatles, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, ‘In Chiswick Park for Promo Films Paperback Writer & Rain’

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© Robert Whitaker

London, U.K. 1966
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

The Beatles strolled into a public park in West London to create two ground-breaking mini films which were to change the course of music history. They performed ‘Paperback Writer’ and ‘Rain’ in the iconic 18th century gardens of Chiswick House for promotional films that were the precursors of today’s ubiquitous music videos.  'The idea was that we’d use the videos in America as well as the U.K., because we thought, we can’t go everywhere. We’re stopping touring and we’ll send these films out to promote the record. These days obviously everybody does that – it’s part of the promotion for a single – so I suppose, in a way, we invented MTV.’ George Harrison.

When Beatlemania exploded, Whitaker was along for the wild ride. He was backstage, he was in the studio, he went to the boys’ homes, he became their friend. Robert Whitaker devised many of the iconic Beatles images, and his pictures were taken during one of the most popular periods in the band's history.

Robert Whitaker created his most famous and enduring work with the Beatles, especially with John Lennon, who had become a close friend. He spent two years travelling with the band and shooting them at work, on their tours, in their homes, in the recording studios, in rare candid, private moments as well as in more formal photo-sessions.

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