31st March, 2016

Pattie Boyd: George, Eric and Me coming soon

 

Intimate portraits of the late Beatle George Harrison and Eric Clapton by the woman who shared both their lives will go exclusively on display this spring at The Beatles Story, Liverpool.

Pattie Boyd’s ‘George, Eric and Me’ exhibition is a collection of candid photographs of the musical icons and their friends, such as The Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood.

Pattie's personal collection will be on display to the public from May 6 until autumn 2016, giving a glimpse into the private lives of two of the most revered musicians of all time.

 

Pattie first met George Harrison during filming of A Hard Day’s Night in 1964 when she played a schoolgirl, but she was engaged to photographer Eric Swayne and initially declined Harrison’s offer of a date.

Just a few days later, the pair went out to a club, chaperoned by Beatles manager Brian Epstein, and according to Pattie one of the first things George said to her was: “Will you marry me?”. 

The photographer and former model was married to both George Harrison, from 1966 to 1977, and Eric Clapton from 1979 to 1989.

 

George and Eric were close friends but during Pattie’s marriage to the Beatle, Eric, who found fame in the 1960s with his rock group Cream and also as a solo artist, fell in love with her.

During the late 1960s, George and Eric became close friends and began writing and recording songs together.

By the early 1970s, Eric had written his album with Derek and the Dominoes, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, to proclaim his love for Pattie.

The model was also the inspiration for Eric Clapton’s classic Wonderful Tonight.

 

Pattie said: "I am thrilled to have the exhibition of my photographs at The Beatles Story Gallery and am very pleased to be able to attend the official opening.

"The Beatles legacy seems to get bigger and bigger and after 50 years, shows no sign of fading!

"I hope that the many thousands of fans that visit Liverpool each year will have a chance to visit my exhibition and enjoy seeing the photographs and learn a little about when and where they were taken.

"Each image has its own story, but together they form a chronicle of my life which I am proud and happy to share with visitors to the Gallery. And not just Beatle fans! People who maybe have an interest in music in general, or the 60’s & 70’s and their fashions, will, I think, find some aspect of the show to captivate them.

"The Beatles Story Museum is extremely well put together and maintained, and I am very pleased to be working with them on the exhibition project."

 

Martin King, of The Beatles Story, said: "These photos are more than just icons in the frame, they are incredibly intimate and heartfelt – perhaps some of the most moving and intriguing in all Beatles and musical lore.

"For Pattie to choose The Beatles Story as the first place in the UK to exhibit the collection is a great tribute to the Fab Four and other stars of the time, some of whom also feature in our British Invasion special exhibit.

"The story of George, Eric and Me is a gripping one and is perfectly told through Pattie’s photography and we are delighted that through this unique exhibit, we can give our visitors a true perspective of the lives they shared."

Pattie Boyd: George, Eric and Me will be opening to the public on May 6, 2016 and will be taking the place of The Beatles Story's Hidden Gallery for a limited time of six months, closing on October 1, 2016.

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