The Beatles were an English rock band, active throughout the 1960s and one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Presenting some of the rare pictures of the band.
It is the painting, named “Images of a Woman” that all four of the Beatles painted while staying in the Tokyo Hilton while in Japan in 1966. When they were finished with the painting, they all signed it in the middle (where the lamp sat while they were painting). The painted was presented by the Beatles to fan club president Tetsuaburo Shimoyama. The last it was seen was in 2005 in an ebay auction. (via)
Did you write the Beatles a letter? If it was February 1964, then just maybe your letter was in this stack! It seems like the Beatles tried at first to keep up with the fan mail, but quickly they got overwhelmed with it all. Although the next best thing to meeting a Beatle in person would have to be getting a personal letter from one!
Taken at the Plaza Hotel in New York. (via)
Beatlemania is a term that originated during the 1960s to describe the intense fan frenzy directed toward The Beatles during the early years of their success. The word is a portmanteau of “Beatle” and “mania”, similar to the much earlier term Lisztomania used to describe fan reaction to the concerts of pianist Franz Liszt.
Andi Lothian, a former Scottish music promoter, claims that he coined the term while speaking to a reporter at the Caird Hall Beatles concert that took place as part of The Beatles’ Mini-Tour of Scotland, on 7 October 1963, and an early printed use of the word is in The Daily Mirror 15 October 1963 in a news story about the previous day’s Beatles concert in Cheltenham.
Beatlemania became common in the United States after The Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. It was characterised by intense levels of hysteria demonstrated by fans both at the actual concerts and during the band’s travels to and from hotels, concert venues, and the like. (via)
The Rolling Stones embarked on their 1972 American tour to support the release of Exile on Main Street– which in and of itself was a push into new territory for the band, both musically and commercially. What followed rewrote the game for The Stones and the music industry, and basically set the stage for a decade of big, balls-out tours that went from being simple promotional vehicles the pop culture events. Nothing like this had been done in Rock ‘n’ Roll prior and all subsequent tours would follow the ’72 tour blueprint for scale, attempted musicality, logistics, legal entanglements, drugs, women, hilarity, hangers-on, and general debauchery. (via)
Images by © Ethan Russell