With all of the documentaries, movies, books and interviews that have highlighted the career of the Beatles, you would think there is nothing left to be seen.
That, apparently, is not the case. A newly-released book features vintage black and white photographs of the Fab Four from their early excursions as the Beatles. The book, titled The Beatles: On the Road 1964-1966, is a collection of hundreds of photos from photographer Harry Benson, who captured John, Paul, George and Ringo on tour during in frenzied moments as well as during quiet times in the studio or reading fan mail.
Benson’s relationship with the Beatles began in 1964 when his editor at London’s The Daily Express put him on a plane to Paris to document French Beatlemania. Benson was quickly welcomed into the band’s inner circle, allowing him to capture so many iconic shots, like the famous photo of The Beatles partaking in a hotel pillow fight.
An essay from Benson is also included in the new book. “These photos convey a really happy period for them and for me,” Benson wrote. “It all comes down to music, they were without a doubt the greatest band of the 20th century, and that’s why these photographs are so important.”
However, The Beatles: On the Road 1964-1966 photo book comes at a steep price. Several copies are available at Amazon and range from $612 to $838. Beatle lovers not willing to pay the high price tag may want to view a preview of the book and its stunning black and white photos over at the publisher’s website.
–E.J. Judge, WCBSFM New York; additional reporting by Jillian Mapes, CBS Local