my favourite picture of george


“She said to me, ‘I must touch you as you’ve been in the same room as The Beatles’.”

[David Magnus, on the effects of Beatlemania]

More ‘unseen’ photos taken by David Magnus from ‘The Beatles Unseen: Photographs by David Magnus’ exhibition at Proud Chelsea next month (though, I’m sure you will have seen some of these!). These photos were taken on the 24th and 25th June, 1967, during the rehearsals and recording of the BBC’s ‘Our World’. programme. 

The exhibition starts 16th March 2017 and runs until 14th May 2017. 

I think the top photo of George and John is my new favourite picture of them!

Pics: David Magnus.


George performing with Delaney & Bonnie and friends in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 10th of December, 1969. George plays to of his most famous guitars, ‘Rocky’ the Fender and ‘Lucy’ the Gibson (a gift from Eric Clapton who was one of the ‘friends’ too). I think this is one of the most significant, but overlooked, ‘events’ in the break up of the Beatles (which was going on at the time). They’re also some of my (many) favourite pictures of George! In colour!

Pics: Jan Persson / Redferns. 

“Any one observing him would have seen a change in his complexion, in the adjustment of his facial muscles, in the vividness of his glance, which might have made them imagine that every molecule in his body had passed the message of a magic touch. And so it had. For effective magic is transcendent nature; and who shall measure the subtlety of those touches which convey the quality of soul as well as body and make a man’s passion for one woman differ from his passion for another….”

                                                        - G. Eliot


Images from ‘The Beatles ‘68: Tom Murray’s Mad Day Out’ by Tom Murray, Paul Skellett and Simon Weitzman.

Paul knew I was somewhat outside the main throng of people there so he spent a lot of time looking out for where I was, because I was kind of the lone wolf.

However, my favourite picture is the portrait of George, which I think is stunning and sums him up. He really was the quiet Beatle. […]

George, for me, stood out.

I seemed to gravitate towards him and we started talking about the sitar, which is an instrument I’ve always loved. The he talked about filmmaking, a medium which fascinated him. Film was a great passion of mine as well, and indeed latterly, John Schlesinger told me I should have been a film director. But I fear it would have been too stressful. However, this didn’t deter George from pursuing his ambitions and he seemed to move effortlessly into that world.
[Tom Murray, The Beatles ‘68: Tom Murray’s Mad Day Out by Tom Murray, Paul Skellett and Simon Weitzman]

Pics: Top - ‘George’ by Tom Murray, bottom - ‘Scene from the Thames one’ by Tom Murray, middle - page from the book.