The Beatles Files

by Andy Davis

The Beatles Files The Beatles Files is a remarkable photographic chronology of the most exciting music phenomenon the world has ever seen; the book features hundreds of photographs-the majority previously unpublished-taken for Britain's best-selling popular newspaper of the sixties, the Daily Mirror.
  • More than 400 photographs of The Beatles, the majority previously unpublished, taken by some of Britain's greatest photo-journalists of the era
  • Photos and contemporary press reports exclusively licensed from the largely unexploited archives of the Daily Mirror
  • Year-by-year, records both classic and less well-known moments of The Beatles' career, including formal and candid poses on- and off-stage, on location, at receptions, on vacation and at parties
  • Written by Andy Davis and with a Foreword by Barry Miles

The Beatles Files is a milestone in the history of Beatles-related publishing: it showcases hundreds of the best photos from an archive that has remained - incredibly - largely unknown and unexploited since the Fab Four's split in 1970.
      Throughout the sixties Britain's most popular newspaper, the Daily Mirror, kept a close eye on The Beatles' career, assigning its best staff photographers to record the group's every move.
      The Mirror's twenty-strong team of photographers - considered to be among London's finest photo-journalists - photographed the group on hundreds of separate occasions, from Beatlemania to bust-up: in "official" and in candid, off-guard shoots at concerts and rehearsals, at airports and receptions, and at parties, "happenings" and even on vacations.
      Only a handful of these pictures were ever printed at the time-most lay undeveloped, gathering dust in unmarked boxes at the Mirror's archives.
      Once developed, these negatives proved to be a treasure-trove of pin-sharp images spanning the group's career. The Beatles Files is a selection of some 400 of the very best photos from this amazing collection.
      With the photos arranged on a chronological basis and with a fast-moving text based on Mirror and other press reports of the day, The Beatles Files is a remarkable tribute to the most successful pop musicians of all time.

The Author

Andy Davis' love affair with The Beatles began in 1976, when he was given a copy of Sgt. Pepper and read in the News of the World that "Paul McCartney was the only one who found happiness." He began reading The Beatles Book Monthly to discover more and was surprised to find himself, sixteen years later, becoming the magazine's News Editor.

Andy is now on the staff of Record Collector magazine, to which he contributes features on music history; he has also edited the magazine's Rare Record Price Guide 2000. He lives in London, England.

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