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07th June, 2019

The People's Beatles: a new photographic exhibition

The Beatles Story is excited to introduce a new photographic exhibition, featuring never-before-seen images of the Beatles as seen exclusively through the eyes and camera lens of the fans who were there.

Entitled ‘The People’s Beatles’, the new display forms part of a larger project created by Photobox, a gifting and photo personalisation company, aimed to crowdsource, edit and publish a unique photographic biography and picture archive of The Beatles.

 

The project was launched with the help of Paul McCartney’s official biographer, Barry Miles, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ last ever live performance, which took place on the Apple rooftop, Savile Row in London on 30th January 1969.

 

 

‘The People’s Beatles’ is a visual representation of the Fab Four’s astonishing journey from unknown Liverpudlians to the most popular band in the history of music, as it was seen through the eyes of their adoring fans.

 

Over 500 of the best photographs from the project and their accompanying anecdotes have now been turned into a must-have coffee table book. The accompanying exhibition now open at the award-winning ‘The Beatles Story’ on the Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool, highlights 29 of the best images from the book and the fascinating stories behind them.

All profits from the sale of the book, which is available to purchase from the Fab4 Store, will be donated to Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s leading independent music therapy charity. The exhibit also features an area dedicated to the charity, highlighting some of the work they do and offers visitors the chance to donate and support.

 

Nordoff Robbins provides vital support to those with life-limiting illnesses, physical disabilities or emotional challenges, supporting thousands of people in centres around the UK the charity works in partnership with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals. Everyday their therapists work to change people’s lives through music.

 

Paul McCartney himself is a supporter of the charity, the Beatle first visited the Nordoff Robbins London centre in 1986, pictured above with one of the charity's founders Clive Robbins. In 1988, Paul received a Silver Clef Award, in recognition of his work with the charity and in the same year donated an autographed Hofner bass guitar, to be sold at the awards, which raised £60,000. He donated another instrument in 2012.

"I am delighted to have signed and donated this very special left-handed Hofner bass in order to raise funds for Nordoff Robbins. The work they do with music therapy transforms the lives of vulnerable children and adults across the UK, and I hope the sale of this guitar raises lots of money. Rock on." - Sir Paul McCartney.

‘The People’s Beatles’ photographic exhibition is open now at The Beatles Story’s Fab4 Cafe on the Royal Albert Dock and will run until 31st December 2019, it is free to attend but donations are encouraged. 

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