DescriptionBeatles -Two Rare Original Photographic Negatives Of John Lennon and Paul McCartney Performing Publicly in Austria (1965).
Here are two original 35mm color negatives, taken by an unknown photographer one evening - or more likely, in the early morning hours - in March 1965 at an Austrian hotel while the Beatles were filming HELP! During a gathering in the hotel lounge and with drinks flowing, an impromptu performance broke out with Paul and John taking the stage on drums and guitar respectively, and HELP! director Richard Lester joining in.
As Lester recalled on the HELP! DVD release: "[The hotel] had a sort of beer cellar which had a resident three-piece band, and my assistant director, a man called Clive Reed, had a birthday. The band played for a while, and then we turfed them off and said, 'That's fine, goodbye.' And Paul got onto drums and I went onto the piano and John and George took turns [on guitar]. And it just started.... and kept going and going and I think we played 'till about three in the morning, at which point we all drunkenly went to bed."
The photographer Henry Grossman, who accompanied the Beatles to Austria and shot the famous HELP! LP cover there, has published what may be the only other photograph of the performance in his book Places I Remember: My Time With The Beatles, which shows that Paul is indeed on drums. Grossman's recollection of the evening: "There was something special about this impromptu concert. In retrospect, I think it was because John and Paul were playing because they wanted to... Watching them that night in Austria - full of beer, jumping from one rock and roll classic to another - must have been like seeing them in Hamburg before they became world famous."
The negatives appear to be in Excellent condition. Included is an A4 sized sheet of photographic paper with the images printed. Note that copyright for the images is not automatically being issued with sale; it will be the responsibility of the buyer to secure legal copyright, if desired. From the Uwe Blaschke Beatles Collection.
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