Hundreds of incredible never-before-seen images snapped by fans offer a tantalising glimpse of The Beatles’ life away from concerts during their heyday.
Pictures dusted off from lofts and home drawers following a worldwide search show John Lennon standing with an admirer outside his Surrey home after she decided to knock on his door in 1968, and Paul McCartney putting his tie before a 1963 concert.
The Fab Four were also captured cycling on bicycles during filming for their single ‘Help!’ in 1965, which soared to number one in the US and UK charts, and crowning a carnival queen in Northwich near Liverpool.
They have been published in a book, along with further unseen images, titled The People’s Beatles, following a call for pictures of band members by European photo company Photobox.
The Beatles are an English rock band, formed in Liverpool, that shot to global fame with singles such as ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Let it be’. Eleven Grammy awards, four Brits and 15 Ivor Novello awards were won by the band members during their musical career.
After Photobox appealed for photos of the band more than 1000 images were submitted by people from 15 countries from across the world.
Bestselling author Barry Miles, who has written Paul McCartney’s autobiography said, after seeing the pictures, that it feels ‘really magical to see a different side of the band in the form of stories captured by the fans’.
The book, which contains 250 previously unseen images, is costs £25. An accompanying photographic exhibition to showcase a selection of the best images will be shown at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool.