As part of his major new photographic project, Alistair Morrison looks past the lens at the remarkable portraits of 12 men whose legacy will long survive them: “We needed both Beatles for this, so we approached Paul and Ringo. The Who were playing at the Desert Trip festival and they’d arranged for me to have a designated studio backstage. Paul was there, so we made it easy – I met him outside the McCartney compound and I walked him down to the studio. There’s a jovial nature that you can see in him, in the way you could see throughout the Sixties, and that humour was prevalent. But I was conscious that he was about to go on stage. The only thing that slightly bothered me was that he had a lozenge, obviously for his voice, so a lot of pictures had him sucking on this lozenge. But really, what am I going to say? ‘Paul, I know you’re on stage in a minute, but can you take the lozenge out?'” said.
“Ringo is traditionally the joker in the pack, but he’s such an embracing guy, to the extent that you would never, ever think that he’s not back in the Sixties. He’s still got that enthusiasm. He’s never got a bad word for anybody. Life is great around Ringo. Peace and love! This was done in his garage in LA. And that is the beauty of the man: we needed a space and he said, ‘Come in, guys.'”
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