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The Beatles clowning around next to their band van, outside the BBC Paris Theatre, London, 4 April 1963

Photo: Dezo Hoffmann (?)

“We laughed a lot. That’s one thing we forgot about for a few years - laughing. When we went through all the lawsuits, it looked as if everything was bleak, but when I think back to before that, I remember we used to laugh all the time…” - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology [x]

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The Beatles, with George Martin, at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, 1962 and 1963; screen capped from Living in the Material World

“I nearly got killed by the rest of the band from that first trip to Abbey Road Studio when George Martin recorded us, and then he played it to us back, and then he said, ‘Now, is there anything that you’d like to say? Is there anything that you don’t like?’ And I just looked at him and said, ‘Well, I don’t like your tie for a kick off.’ And the others all, 'Ooooh… this is - you know, we’re trying to get a record deal here.’ But George Martin also had a sense of humor.” - George Harrison in an interview with Scott Muni, 1987 [x]

“When it was over, [George Martin] spoke to the group over the talkback, with them huddled in a far corner of the studio. Then he invited them up to the control room to hear the tapes and discuss technicalities.
[…] 'They were really lolling about,’ says [Chris] Neal. ’[John] Lennon was sitting on a speaker and [George] Harrison, I seem to recall, was lounging on the floor.’ 'We gave them a long lecture about their equipment and what would have to be done about it if they were to become recording artists,’ says Norman Smith. 'They didn’t say a word back, not a word, they didn’t even nod their heads in agreement. When he finished, George [Martin] said "Look, I’ve laid into you for quite a time, you haven’t responded. Is there anything you don’t like?” I remember they all look at each other for a long while, shuffling their feet, then George Harrison took a long look at George and said “Yeah, I don’t like your tie!” That cracked the ice for us and for the next 15-20 minutes they were pure entertainment. When they left to go home George [Martin] and I just sat there saying “Phew! What do you think of that lot then?” I had tears running down my face.’“ - The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions by Mark Lewisohn

"I said to the boys, after we’d done a few takes of rather nondescript songs, I said, 'Come into the control room and have a listen and see what we’d been doing. And if there’s anything you don’t like, tell us.’ And George [Harrison] was the one who took the leap. And he said, 'Well, I don’t like your tie for a start.’ And the others were horrified. They thought, 'God, he’s blown it.’ But of course, I fell around laughing. I thought it was - it was so cheeky, and so funny that I… you know, he endeared himself to me on that point.” - George Martin, Living in the Material World

“ Les Gertrude Hoffmann girls’‘ 

Louis Scutenaire,Paul Eluard  

Objet surréaliste réalisé par Louis Scutenaire agencé dansune boîte dont le fond est constitué de la photographie des filles de la revue de music-hall américaine les Gertrude Hoffmann, avec le poème d’Éluard dactylographié dans la longueur. Un bouton de chemise, un petit pinceau de maquillage, un clou et un mégot de cigarette égyptienne se déplacent selon les mouvements de la boîte. 1925-1926.