This undying demand for all things Beatles was a major player in curator Raj Prem’s decision. Prem’s upfront goal with the exhibition was to give fans who already have a comprehensive understanding of the band something new and exciting. This prompted him to find a series of rarely seen photographs from the group’s most important years in the 1960s. The Beatles photography exhibition aims to recreate the vibes that fans originally felt over 50 years ago.
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Rock and roll photo curator, Raj Prem will unveil a new series of rare and mostly unseen pictures of the world’s favorite Fab Four: The Beatles. The news comes on the heels of another moment of note for these legends of rock and roll – the 50 year mark since the band’s first iconic performance on the Ed Sullivan Show in the United States. As BeatleMania skyrocketed the band into the global arena, the desire to get more access into the Beatles’ experience behind the scenes reached a new height. Fans wanted to see their favorite band in their private lives. Legends like photog Robert Freeman found intimate access into the band’s world and showcased them with some of the most memorable pictures in the history of music.
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.
Depicting the culture of rock music between 1963 and 1972, Raj Prem’s collection has been displayed in different countries and galleries worldwide, including the United States, U.K., Dubai, Japan, and the Netherlands. He has help critically acclaimed exhibitions including The Decca Years, which highlights the works of Philip Townsend, Michael Cooper, and Dominique Tarle during the band’s rise from chart hits to rock movement leaders. Prem is pursuing in Bonis’ Beatles photographs to complement the many pieces he has showcased in nearly 100 exhibitions, featuring the works of photographers like Robert Freeman, David Hurn, iain macmillan et al who have documented John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr for more than four decades.
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Raj Prem notes that the 200 images are part of 3,500 unseen photos shot by Bob Bonis, who served as U.S. tour manager for the Beatles and Rolling Stones from 1964 thru to 1966. They remained private during Bonis’ life and stayed undiscovered in his home following his 1992 death. Five years ago, the photos received attention when Alex Bonis, Bob’s son, began to roll out 10 pictures per month over the period of two years. Purchased through eBay’s art and collectibles store, the photos run from $175 for 11 by 14 inch prints all the way up to $625 or higher for 20 by 24 inch prints. They are bought outright rather than via auction, with 10% of the proceeds benefitting the Grammy Foundation, the Grammy Museum, and additional similar organizations. The Grammy Museum has decided to provide a certificate of authenticity with the limited-edition prints, a move that Prem believes can increase the value of the pictures and make them valued at more than their selling price.
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Raj Prem, internationally known music photography collector, was ecstatic to find out about the 200 limited-edition fine art prints of the Rolling Stones, available for purchase via eBay in February. Prem understands that these photos are a treasure for fans of rock history and photography.
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Raj Prem, internationally acclaimed music photography collector, was ecstatic to hear about the 200 limited-edition fine art prints of the Rolling Stones, available for purchase via eBay in February. Prem believes these photos to be a treasure for fans of rock history and photography.
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The collection of Raj Prem is of mythical reputation in rock photography circles. Featuring snaps of the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Hendrix, and Dylan among others, his life’s work has been tracking down the rarest and most captivating images he could find. In order to provide access to the best images for fans, he also collaborates with photographers – representing some, managing their archives and hosting exhibitions. A true entrepreneur of photo collecting, Prem is a long time collaborator with the San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAe), and launched the world’s first rock photography show in 1997, highlighting his belief that the best photos are indeed fine art. He has worked alongside many great photographers, with Gered Mankowitz, Robert Freeman, Michael Joseph, Iain Macmillan, Michael Cooper, Peter Webb, Jerry Schatzberg, Dominique Tarlê, Terry O’Neill, and Pattie Boyd among them. Prem holds a special feeling for the Rolling Stones, however. Photographs such as those from the Stones’ 1965 US tour shown at that very first exhibition along with those from “The Decca Years”, an exhibition which depicted the Rolling Stones climb from chart toppers to leaders of the counter culture movement, continue to wow fans and were procured largely because of Prem’s insistence. In Keith Richards’ best-selling autobiography Life, a large number of the photos are credited to ‘the Raj Prem collection’.
Among diehard fans, musical opinions are some of the most subjective that exist, making all-encompassing statements about songs and artists hard to back up convincingly. There are a few, however, that are truly impossible to argue againt. One of those rare universally held opinions is surely that The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock and roll acts of all time. First, from a musical perspective, a compelling case can be made as the band has created some of the most celebrated and iconic songs the genre has seen. But it may be the visual aspect of the group that truly puts it above any other. The Rolling Stones set the precedent for how rock musicians should conduct themselves. For their true fans, German publisher TASCHEN, editor Reuel Golden, and the band itself will be releasing an unparalleled look into the fifty-year career in a collectible book titled simply “The Rolling Stones”. Complementing photos and illustrations from the musicians’ personal archives, many of which are previously unreleased, renowned photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, has allowed a number of his legendary prints to be used for this definitive book.
It comes as no surprise, then, that when the those assembling this iconic volume were collecting what needed to be the ultimate in Rolling Stones photographs, they quickly included Prem. Presenting over 500 pages of images from some of the band’s most famous photographers, The Rolling Stones will include a limited collector’s edition run of only 1,500 units – each individually numbered and autographed by the band. Further, six art editions will feature runs of only 75 units per and include a photographic print. The fact that the amount of photos from Raj Prem’s collection, taken by Philip Townsend and Peter Webb, are so prevalent in this book, which seeks to tell the tale of the Stone’s fabled history, is something that truly means the world to Raj Prem and fits perfectly with his ethos, because he has been famously quoted saying: “It’s the back stories I find really interesting.”