The Straits Times
Published on Oct 05, 2012

Book of rare Beatles photos offers inside peek at iconic band


NEW YORK (REUTERS) - The heyday of Beatlemania may have been nearly 50 years ago, but the Beatles and their music remain loved, scrutinised and relevant to an adoring public forever clamoring for more details of the Fab Four.

A new book, LIFE With the Beatles, gives an inside peek at the band that split up in 1970. It features hundreds of never-before-seen and rare photos by the late Robert Whitaker, who was granted generous access to John, Paul, George and Ringo from 1964 to 1966.

Mr Whitaker, who died last year at 71, was hired by the group's then-manager, Mr Brian Epstein, and documented candid and personal moments from concerts to cover shoots. Editors of Life magazine compiled the photos into the book recently released by Time Home Entertainment.

Mr Whitaker's images end when the band stopped touring in the summer of 1966, but for the preceding two years he captured the Beatles in moments of happiness and humor, mischief and creativity, boredom and fatigue.