Terry O’Neill’s book
The late Terry O’Neill passed away in November 2019 and left behind him an impressive archive of photos. It all started when he was sent by the newspaper he was working for to take photos of the Beatles at the EMI Studios in Abbey Road on July 1, 1963. They were there to record “She Loves You”, the single that started Beatlemania in Europe.
The photos he took kickstarted a career as a photographer of both musicians and other celebrities. After having photographed the Beatles he was dispatched to take photos of the Rolling Stones and Terry rolled with it. Frank Sinatra, Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Michael Caine, Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, The Who, Led Zeppelin and Amy Winehouse – Terry took great photos of them all. He even married Hollywood actress Faye Dunaway.
But he kept up his friendship with the Beatles and took many more photos of them through the years – and even after they split up. He was commissioned to take the photos at the wedding and wedding party of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach, thus capturing the three surviving Beatles together for the first time since the murder on John Lennon.
“An incredible photographer and good friend” – Ringo Starr
A book was just published in the U.K. on March 16, called “The Beatles by Terry O’Neill: Five decades of photographs“, with unseen images. Here is our Amazon (U.K.) link to that edition.
Description of the regular U.K. edition:
The definitive collection of the breathtaking Beatles photographs of Terry O’Neill.
Iconic photographer Terry O’Neill worked with the Beatles across five decades, capturing the band at the beginning of their rise to the top and the solo years beyond.
From recording sessions, rehearsals and larking around town at the height of Beatlemania, to intimate shots at weddings, at home and on tour in the solo years after the band had split, O’Neill captured countless photographs – many of which are being published for the very first time here.
With more than 300 photographs and including quotes from Terry collecting his personal memories of working with the band, The Beatles by Terry O’Neill is a unique visual portrait of the story of John, Paul, George, Ringo and the music they made.
Publisher : Welbeck; 1st edition (16 Mar. 2023)
Language : English
Hardcover : 256 pages
ISBN-10 : 1802795278
ISBN-13 : 978-1802795271
Dimensions : 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 cm
On 13 June 2023 two more editions are due, one expensive DeLuxe edition from Iconic Images Gallery and another hardback book for the U.S. market, which you may order from Amazon (USA) and other booksellers.
Here are the details about the DeLuxe edition:
With more than 300 photographs and quotes from the photographer himself, The Beatles by Terry O’Neill is a unique visual portrait of the story of John, Paul, George, Ringo and the music they made. O’Neill worked with the Beatles across five decades, capturing the band at the beginning of their rise to the top and the solo years beyond. From recording sessions, rehearsals and larking around town at the height of Beatlemania, to intimate shots at weddings, at home and on tour in the solo years after the band had split, he captured countless photographs, many of which are being published for the very first time here. With a unique perspective that is both personal and professional, The Beatles by Terry O’Neill is a one-of-a-kind collection of breathtaking photographs.
Edition of 200
Includes the book, a cloth-covered clam shell box, an 8″ x 11″ black and white chromogenic print of The Beatles recording ‘She Loves You’ at EMI’s Studio 2 in Abbey Road on 1 July 1963, taken by Terry O’Neill, a protective print sleeve, a digital signature with an embossed stamp, and a certificate of authenticity
Publisher: Welbeck Publishing Group, 2023
From the press description of the regular U.S.A. edition:
See the Beatles like never before in hundreds of previously unpublished images and exclusive unknown stories of the Fab Four by legendary photographer, Terry O’Neill, who had exclusive access to the lives of John, Paul, George, and Ringo in the studio, on stage, on tour, and at home.
Celebrate the 60th anniversary of Please Please Me, the Beatles’ first studio album, with rare and never-before-seen photographs of the Fab Four by legendary British photographer Terry O’Neill from their early days in Liverpool through their prolific solo careers.
This one-of-a-kind book also features exclusive interviews and profiles of the band, as well as commentary from O’Neill and notes and annotations from renowned art curator Terrence Pepper. The Beatles By Terry O’Neill includes hundreds of gorgeous photographs—many of them previously thought to be lost or never before seen—from their earliest recording sessions and backstage shots to portraits of the Fab Four at the height of Beatlemania. In addition, candid shots of their post-Beatles lives throughout the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s give an insider’s view into their personal lives. Whether feeling like you’re backstage at one of their first stadium concerts to being a guest of Paul playing piano at Ringo’s wedding or part of the photography team from a 1991 portrait session with George Harrison, this collection of spectacular photography is a treasure trove for any Beatles fan.
DEFINITIVE COLLECTION: This photography collection chronicles the Beatles from their early days as local artists playing at bars in Liverpool to international superstars.
NEVER BEFORE SEEN IMAGES: Includes hundreds of never-before-seen images of the Fab Four on and off the stage, from candid snapshots to portrait stills.
EXCLUSIVE ACCESS: Renowned photographer Terry O’Neill had unprecedented access to The Beatles, as one of their favorite photographers and friend.
CELEBRATE THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY of the Beatles’ first album, Please Please Me, which was documented and photographed by Terry O’Neill.
GO BEHIND THE PHOTOS: The collection includes Terry O’Neill’s notes and annotations that tell the stories behind the photos
MASTER PHOTOGRAPHER: From presidents to pop stars, Terry O’Neill has photographed the front line of fame for more than six decades, and is one of the most important figures in the world of celebrity photography. His work is among the most sought-after and collected and has been the subject of several books and museum exhibitions all over the world.
Publisher : Weldon Owen (June 13, 2023)
Language : English
Hardcover : 256 pages
ISBN-13 : 979-8886740394
Item Weight : 1.44 pounds
Dimensions : 8 x 0.67 x 10 inches
The book is arranged fairly chronologically.
12: Recording “She Loves You”
42: Rehearsals, Didsbury Studio, Manchester
50: Royal Variety Performance
56: Variety Club Awards
58: Live at the Scala
60: Rehearsals Wembley Park Studios
86: Around the Beatles
108: The Night of a Hundred Stars
116: Leaving for America
118: No. 10 Downing Street
122: Another Beatles Christmas Show
124: Apple Boutique, Baker Street
142: The Magic Christian
146: Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
152: George Harrison at Home
180: Ringo Starr’s Wedding
208: Give My Regards to Broad Street
226: Paul and Linda McCartney
232: Carl Perkins & Friends
234: The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala
236: George Harrison
244: Ringo Starr
248: Ringo Starr
250: Paul McCartney
252: The Long and Winding Road
Here are a few pages from the book:
Terry indeed was a brilliant photographer. I worked with him in Sixties and Seventies when he came to Hollywood to shoot just about everyone; Who could forget particularly that after Oscar photo at Beverly Hills Hotel poolside of his muse, the exhausted Faye Dunaway. A Cockney lad was our Terry, who I actually watched as he charmed everyone: Raquel, of course, and when we went to Carmel California to meet with Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland when they hit the road for their FTA anti Viet War roadshow. Like the handful of great photographers (including another buddy like Harry Benson, who is still alive and well, ) they had fantastic eyes for photos combined with magic. ivor davis