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.
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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.
The 200 images are part of 3,500 previously never seen before photos shot by Bob Bonis, U.S. tour manager of the Beatles and Rolling Stones between 1964 and 1966. The images remained private through Bonis’ life and stayed unseen in his basement even after his death in 1992. It was only until five years ago that the photos were discovered, when Bob’s son, Alex Bonis, decided to roll out 10 pictures per month over the period of two whole years. Retailed through eBay’s art and collectibles store, the photos are priced starting 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 instead through an auction and 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Grammy Foundation, the Grammy Museum, and other renowned charities. The Grammy Museum also offered to provide a certificate of authenticity with each limited-edition print, a gesture Prem believes can surge the value of the pictures and make them worth more than their actual cost.
Universally well-known music photography collector Raj Prem was pleased to know more about the 200 limited-edition fine art prints of the Rolling Stones, which were accessible on eBay in February. He is sure these photos will be invaluable for the followers of rock history and photography.
Prem’s collection is respected in rock photography circles. Showing photographs of the Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan among others, his diligence has resulted in his discovering the special and most charming photos he could find. To ensure handpicked images are available to fans, he also works with photographers – showcasing them, handling their archives and arranging exhibitions. A true pioneer, Prem and long time collaborators San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAe) launched the world’s original rock photography show in 1997, restoring his belief that these photographs are certainly fine art. He has worked with many photography stars, encompassing Gered Mankowitz, Robert Freeman, Michael Joseph, Iain Macmillan, Michael Cooper, Peter Webb, Jerry Schatzberg, Dominique Tarlê, Terry O’Neill, and Pattie Boyd. The erstwhile music journalist holds a special corner in his heart for the Rolling Stones, however. Snapshots such as the ones of the Stones’ 1965 US tour revealed at the initial exhibition and those from “The Decca Years”, a showcase which symbolized the Rolling Stones rise from chart attractions to groundbreakers of the counter culture movement, have fascinated audiences and were secured largely due to Prem’s devoutness. Read Keith Richards’ best-selling autobiography Life, and you will observe that many of the photos are credited to ‘the Raj Prem collection’.
It’s a known fact that perspectives in music are some of the most individual that exist, so generic statements about songs and artists are often difficult to back up credibly. Nonetheless, there are some that are simply impossible to argue. One of those few usually held opinions is certainly that The Rolling Stones are one of the top rock and roll bands of all time. From even just a musical perspective, a certain case can be made as the band has fashioned some of the most outstanding and iconic songs the category has seen. Though, it may be the illustrative aspect of the band that really makes them stand out from the rest. The Rolling Stones set the level for how a rock band should appear and act. Now, German publisher TASCHEN, editor Reuel Golden, and the band itself is offering an unmatched look into their fifty-year history in a collectible book titled merely “The Rolling Stones”. And along with photos and graphics from the band’s personal archives, many formerly unseen, famous photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, has provided a number of stunning prints for this definitive book.
The hype throughout Raj Prem’s newest exhibit follows his continued success working alongside the San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAE). The established curator feels that working with the SFAE has been an important part of this and many other rock-based showcases. “I value the opportunity to work with SFAE owners and directors Jim Hartley and Theron Kabrich,” Prem noted. “We’ve done 40 plus exhibitions together over 18 years. SFAE was the first gallery in the world to showcase the music photography genre and is probably the most successful outlet for celebrity photography.” Prem stated that the Beatles photography is only one of many exhibitions he has facilitated with the SFAE in his career. He said “Jointly we’ve co-produced several exhibitions of top UK and US photographers, including Robert Freeman, Iain MacMillan, Terry O’Neill and Dominique Tarle .” For Prem, this 50-year Beatles anniversary exhibit will not only reinvigorate old fans about their musical heroes, but also give newer fans direct information into what rock music believes in.
The obsession with all things Beatles drove curator Raj Prem’s new exhibit. Prem’s declared goal was to gives fans something new to witness. This drove him to identify a series of seldom seen photographs taken during some of group’s most pivotal times since the 1960s. The Beatles exhibition will generate the same type of excitement and interest that they originally felt more than 50 years back.