Rock and roll curator of collectibles, Raj Prem, has declared the release of a news series of photographs that give better understanding of the private lives of The Beatles. The exhibition concurs with another milestone of the Rock and roll legends– more than half a century since the band’s first celebrated show and presence on the Ed Sullivan Show in the United States. As BeatleMania kept on growing, the group came into the universal spotlight, the craving to get more access into the Beatles’ lives behind the stage developed incrementally. Fans required more access into the private lives of the stars and wanted more information about them. Personalities like photographic artist Robert Freeman helped make this fan wish become reality by getting close access into the Beatles’ world and exhibiting them with the most momentous pictures in the history of rock.
Month: March 2018
Without a doubt, musical opinions are some of the most subjective that exist, so all-encompassing statements about songs and artists are often hard to back up convincingly. There are a few, however, that are truly impossible to argue. One of those rare universally held opinions is undoubtedly that The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock and roll acts of all time. First, from a musical standpoint, a compelling case can be made as the band has created some of the most well-known and iconic songs the genre has seen. But it may be the visual aspect of the band that truly puts them above any other. The Rolling Stones set the precedent for how a rock band should conduct themselves. For fans, German publisher TASCHEN, editor Reuel Golden, and the band itself is releasing an unparalleled look into their fifty-year career in a collectible book titled simply “The Rolling Stones”. Complementing photos and illustrations from the band’s personal archives, many previously unreleased, renowned photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, has provided a number of legendary prints for this definitive book.
Displaying the collections of rock music amid 1963 and 1972, Raj Prem’s collection has been revealed in many countries and galleries on a global basis, including the U.S., U.K., Dubai, Japan, and the Netherlands. He has critically accepted shows to his name such as The Decca Years, which proves the works of Philip Townsend, Michael Cooper, and Dominique Tarle during the band’s progress from chart hits to rock movement leaders. Prem is very much charmed by Bonis’ Beatles photographs to amplify the many pieces he has displayed in over 95 exhibitions, accentuating the works of photographers such as Robert Freeman, David Hurn, Iain Macmillan who have appreciated the music of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr for more than forty years.
The 200 images are a part of the 3,500 the never seen before photos taken by Bob Bonis, U.S. tour manager of the Beatles and Rolling Stones amid the years 1964 and 1966. The photographs continued to be private through Bonis’ life and remained veiled in his cellar even after his death in 1992. It was only until five years ago that the photos were exposed, when Bob’s son, Alex Bonis, decided to publish 10 pictures every month over the period of two whole years. Retailed through eBay’s art and figurines store, the photos are projected ranging from $175 for 11 by 14 inch prints all the way to over $625 for 20 by 24 inch prints. They are sold first-come-first-serve in place of an auction and 10% of the profits will benefit the Grammy Foundation, the Grammy Museum, and other dominant charities. The Grammy Museum also agreed to provide a certificate of legitimacy with each limited-edition print, a development Prem claims will grow worth of the photos and make them more valued than their actual cost.