1 May 2010
note: meanmistermustard merged two threads together on the 8th November 2014. Thread one consisted of posts 1 -> 5, thread two posts 6 -> 17.
Since I was a kid, (because those were the Beatle albums I was allowed to listen at home by myself) I always wanted to know… who are the people there? (I can recognize Paul, Ringo John and George, who BTW doesn't look like George.. at all!!)
The shot was taken on the 'Mad Day' in July 1968 (look for the St Pancras link here: http://beatlesmadday.110mb.com.....glish.html), when masses of photos were taken around London.
IIRC the people were members of the public who had waited behind railings while the shots were taken, and by way of thanks the group agreed to appear in a pic with them. I'll try and dig out more info for you.
12 November 2009
From The Beatles' London book:
"The eighth location [during the St Pancras Old Church and Gardens shoot] was in the Norman-style arched church doorway, where the Beatles posed for formal portrait shots. While they were being photographed in the doorway, a small crowd gathered behind the railings dividing the church and the gardens. Seizing the photo opportunity, [photographer] Don McCullin swiftly made the Beatles mingle among the crowd for the ninth and last location, from which a shot was later used to adorn the gatefold sleeves of the so-called Red and Blue compilation albums first issued in 1973, The Beatles 1962-1966 and 1967-1970."
1 May 2010
Thanks for the info Joe!!! It really surprises me this pic is not that easy to find on the Net.(or maybe I haven't searched it hard enough)
I remember my sisters and I once speculated about the photo. We thought it was a photo montage (is that the word?) of the Beatles with photos when they were young. A very well done montage of course...
1 November 2012
When you open up the LP, there's a photo that covers the whole inside, of a group of apparently ordinary people standing behind an iron grate fence, facing the camera, the four Beatles among them.
For years, I've always wondered about one guy in the photo. He's way over on the right (our right), very clean-cut, almost Kennedy-esque good looks. He seems to be giving the squirrel-eye, a kind of hostile stare, at someone way over on the left (our left), just to Paul's right. It seems the object of his stare is some other young guy who is just minding his business, looking straight ahead at the camera, his arms crossed.
Okay, just wanted to get that off my chest after all these years, and I guess this is just the venue for it. It would be neat if anyone else ever noticed this and wondered about it.
1 November 2012
P.S.: I couldn't figure out how to make the picture as large as it appears at Google Images --
Pics get automatically resized. They'll show full versions (or as big as the site width will allow) when you click on them.
I never really thought about that guy before, or noticed that he looked like a Kennedy.
3 May 2012
1 December 2009
Dunno where, but I've got a vague recollection of reading that it was taken during the Mad Day Out. Not sure about that tho; surely Joe or someone else would be able to confirm/deny.
I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody'. - Paul McCartney
5 November 2011
1 May 2011
1 May 2010
I used to stare at that píc for hours when I was a child. (One of my sisters had Red and Blue Albums). I also used to think in theories of who the people were. I was convinced it was a photo montage and the boy at the front was John Lennon as a kid.
Of course I was wrong. But this shows how much that pic fascinated me.
14 April 2010
To me, it appears there are several people looking in the same direction as "Mr. Arms-Crossed" including George, Paul and Ringo.
What I really want to know is why that one kid in front is the only one outside the fence. Did he manage to capture all of those people and they were his prisoners?
*did anyone else just hear Patti Boyd say "Prisoners?"*
25 November 2013
1 May 2011
That picture was taken during the Mad Day Out, and they are at St Pancras Old Church, according to this site.
I think unknown was referring to Beatles Bible. Yeah, you can read about it here.
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