North Little Rock – Seldom seem photographs from the Beatles visit and concert in Los Angeles on August 28, 1966, has been purchased by the Rogers Photo Archive of North Little Rock, Arkansas.
The collection of some 550 color and black and white images were shot by the celebrated rock photographer Chuck Boyd (1942-1991), a fixture on the LA music scene for his work on the staff of KRLA radio and later for the influential “Tiger Beat” magazine.
The photos are historically significant in that the very next day, the Beatles played their final scheduled concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco and then retired from live performances. (They did come back for their ‘rooftop concert’ for the film Let It Be, a spontaneous performance in January 1969).
The Dodger Stadium performance, in one of the few standing venues at which the Beatles performed in the US, was a high energy, all-out show, and Boyd had full access from in front of the stage to capture the Fab Four at the height of Beatlemania.
In addition to the concert photos, the collection includes color images from the press conference that preceded the performance, as well as the presentation of Gold Records to the lads for the Help! album. With Capital Records headquartered in Los Angeles, the presentation was an obvious (and easy) photo op for Capital. The press conference photo feature George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and John Lennon seated on bar stools in casual dress, ashtrays and cigarettes in place, and manager Brian Epstein off to the side. A “Help” banner (not the film/album logo) hands behind them. A video of the lively press conference can be seen on YouTube (keyword: LA Press Conference).
“A lot of what we acquire involves personal passion, and that’s certainly the case with these,” explained John Rogers, President of Rogers Photo Archives. “We’re huge Beatles fans and the group looked absolutely terrific on this stop. Boyd was one of the most important photographers on the scene in those days, and his full access has produced some shots for the ages, many of which have never been published.”
An exhibition of Chuck Boyd’s work is currently on display at Culver Centrale in Culver City, CA.
The images will all be quickly scanned, posted, and made available for purchase.
The Rogers Photo Archive includes the complete archives of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Detroit News, the Denver Post, the St. Petersburg Times, The Sporting News, Sport Magazine, the George Michael Sports Machine archives, the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports film library, the collections of leading sports photographers, and the audio interview files of authors. The collections are available to publishers, collectors, promoters and agencies, and information on purchasing the material can be found at www.Rogersphotoarchive.com
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