Curvebender Publishing has released Kaleidoscope Eyes: A Day in the Life of Sgt. Pepper, revealing over 200 never-published photos of the Beatles in the recording studio.
In February 1967, Life magazine photographer Henry Grossman spent an evening with the Beatles while they worked on their ground-breaking Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in London’s famous Abbey Road recording studio. Though he took more than 250 photos that evening, only a handful of the images were ever published. The remainder have spent the last four decades safely tucked away in Mr. Grossman’s archive.
Now, these 1967 photos have been published for the first time. The photos were taken at a significant crossroad in the Beatlesâ€™ life, a time when the band decided to give up public performing to spend more time in the recording studio. These pictures capture them at the beginning of this new period of intense experimentation and creativity.
â€œThe wonderful thing to me about this book,â€ says Mr. Grossman, â€œis that the pictures are laid out chronologically. So you see the progression as the evening went on till past midnight. It’s almost like leaning over their shoulders as they’re creating this piece of work. You’re right there in the recording room with the engineers, and you’re leaning over the piano as Paul and John are trying out melodies and lines on the piano. I think that’s marvelous.â€
Marvelous, yes. But Kaleidoscope Eyes is only for collectors with deep pockets; $495, the price.