“I thought that if I took a perfect person and divided her into three parts, I could have the administrative, courageous part that would be the Captain; the logical part who is the Science Officer and the humanistic part with the Doctor.”
Linda Eastman photographs Paul McCartney at Brian Epstein’s house at 24 Chapel St, Belgravia, where a promotional party was held to launch Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
‘When I came to England, I wanted to photograph the Beatles, and Stevie Winwood, who had since left The Spencer Davis Group and started a group called Traffic. So that was great. And then The Beatles I wanted to photograph as well. So I took my portfolio over to Hille House, their office, and Brian Epstein’s assistant said “Fine, you can leave your portfolio and we’ll get back to you.” So after about two or three days he got back to me saying “Oh yes, Brian loved your photographs, and yes you may photograph The Beatles. They’re releasing an album called Sergeant Pepper, and they are doing a press thing at Brian’s house and you can be one of the photographers. And, by the way, Brian loved your photo of Brian Jones and one of the ones of Keith Moon.” I said, he can have them! So that’s how that happened, too, I got to photograph The Beatles, so my dreams came true.’ — Linda McCartney, (BBC Behind the Lens profile, 1994)
In 1558, however, the miracle happened. On Monday, 28 November, to the cheers of the London crowd and the roar of the Tower artillery, Elizabeth came through the gates to take possession of the fortress as queen. The bastardized daughter of the disgraced Anne Boleyn, with her father’s complexion but her mother’s face, splendidly dressed in purple velvet: Elizabeth, by the grace of God, queen of England, France and Ireland, defender of the faith. Is it fanciful to feel that after twenty years, the mother in the nearby grave in the chapel of St Peter was at last vindicated?
John Lennon at the press launch for the Beatles’ new album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, held at Brian Epstein’s house at 24 Chapel Street, London, 19th May 1967.
(Photo by John Downing)
launch party for Sgt. Pepper, John was high and the journalist Ray Coleman, who
later wrote a biography of him, was seriously worried about his health when he
met him that night. Not only was John clearly drugged, he was smoking and
drinking heavily, and looked old and ill; his eyes were glazed and his speech
was slurred. Ray had mentioned his concern to Brian, who had replied, ‘Don’t
worry, he’s a survivor.’” - John by Cynthia Lennon