Commissioned by Photobox, The People's Beatles is a groundbreaking global project that aims to crowdsource, edit and publish a unique photographic biography and picture archive of The Beatles - as seen exclusively through the eyes and camera lenses of the fans who were there.
Launched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' last ever live performance which took place on the roof of Apple Records in London on 30th January 1969, The People's Beatles will provide a people’s portrait charting the astonishing journey from unknown Liverpudlians to the most popular band in the history of music - covering everything from Hamburg to the Cavern Club, the birth of Beatlemania, to the European and American tours; from the Magical Mystery Tour, through to their final album, Let it Be, and beyond.
Only eight years separate the release of The Beatles’ first single to Paul McCartney’s shock announcement that he was leaving the band. During that time, they became the most famous, most adored and most photographed people on the planet - with the vast majority of those pictures taken not by professionals, but by fans.
But where are those photos now?
Bestselling author Barry Miles, who has written the only authorised biography on Paul McCartney, in addition to over fifty cultural histories on all aspects of sixties counterculture, will lead a global appeal calling on members of the public to raid albums and attics for unseen, lost or otherwise forgotten photographs of the Fab Four at any period in the band's history.
The People's Beatles will be published in May 2019 featuring over 500 unseen photographs - and their accompanying anecdotes - with a written narrative from Barry Miles.
All profits will be donated to Nordoff Robbins, the largest independent Music Therapy charity in the UK, while an accompanying photographic exhibition will showcase a selection of the best images at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool.
Images can be submitted from Wednesday 30th January until Friday 15th March 2019.