Rock and roll enthusiast of memorabilia, Raj Prem, has confirmed the release of a news series of photographs that give better access to the private lives of The Beatles. The show corresponds to another landmark of the Rock and roll legends– over half a century since the band’s first celebrated show and presence on the Ed Sullivan Show in the United States. As BeatleMania kept on bourgeoning, the group came into the international spotlight, the longing to get more access into the Beatles’ lives behind the stage developed incrementally. Enthusiasts required more access into the private lives of the stars and wanted more information about them. Noteworthy personalities such as photographic artist Robert Freeman made this fan dream come true by delivering close access into the Beatles’ world and exhibiting them with the most distinguished pictures in the history of rock.
Opinions on music are certainly some of the most subjective that exist, and blanket statements about tracks and artists are often difficult to back up convincingly. However, a few are simply inarguable. One of those particular universally held opinions is certainly that The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. From the musical side alone, a strong argument can be made that band has written some of the most memorable and iconic songs the genre has produced. Despite this, it may be the image of the band that truly sets them apart from any others. The Rolling Stones set the standard for ways that rock bands should present themselves. Now, from German publisher TASCHEN, editor Reuel Golden, and the band members’ personal archives, comes an unprecedented look into their fifty-year history in a collectible book simply titled “The Rolling Stones”. Along with a number of previously unseen images, legendary photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, has given several revolutionary prints for this definitive book.
Exemplifying the history of rock music amid 1963 and 1972, Raj Prem’s collection has been publicized in numerous countries and galleries internationally, comprising the U.S., U.K., Dubai, Japan, and the Netherlands. He has critically accredited shows to his name such as The Decca Years, which proves the works of Philip Townsend, Michael Cooper, and Dominique Tarle during the band’s evolution from chart hits to rock movement pioneers. Prem is very much charmed by Bonis’ Beatles photographs to supplement the multitude of pieces he has displayed in over 95 exhibitions, accentuating the works of shutterbugs such as Robert Freeman, David Hurn, Iain Macmillan who have worshipped the music of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr for over forty years.
Presenting the history of rock music amid 1963 and 1972, Raj Prem’s assortment has been revealed in diverse countries and galleries worldwide, comprising the U.S., U.K., Dubai, Japan, and the Netherlands. He has critically well-liked exhibitions to his name such as The Decca Years, which demonstrates the works of Philip Townsend, Michael Cooper, and Dominique Tarle during the band’s journey from chart hits to rock movement leaders. Prem is very much interested in Bonis’ Beatles photographs to complement the many pieces he has displayed in over 95 exhibitions, emphasizing the works of photographers such as Robert Freeman, David Hurn, Iain Macmillan who have venerated John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr for more than four decades.
The 200 images are from the 3,500 the unseen photographs taken by Bob Bonis, U.S. tour manager of the Beatles and Rolling Stones between 1964 and 1966. The photographs continued to be private through Bonis’ life and stayed concealed in his basement even after his death in 1992. It was only until five years ago that the photos were exposed, when Bob’s son, Alex Bonis, decided to roll out 10 pictures each month over the period of two whole years. Sold through eBay’s art and figurines store, the photos are valued starting from $175 for 11 by 14 inch prints all the way to over $625 for 20 by 24 inch prints. They are vended first-come-first-serve in place of an auction and 10% of the profits will benefit the Grammy Foundation, the Grammy Museum, and other renowned charities. The Grammy Museum also offered to deliver a certificate of authenticity with each limited-edition print, an act Prem trusts can enhance the worth of the shots and make them worth more than their actual cost.