The awe-inspiring need for all to do with the Beatles was the stimulus behind enthusiast Raj Prem’s latest exhibition. Prem’s single purpose was to give fans that already have a profound knowledge of the band something additional. This made him put together a series of uncommon photos during some of group’s most notable years in the 1960s. The Beatles photography exhibition aims to develop the same kind of thrill and exhilaration that fans earlier felt over half a century ago.
This type of fanatical demand for all things Beatles was a motivation behind curator Raj Prem’s new exhibition. Prem wanted to give fans who already have a comprehensive understanding of the band something fresh to see. This prompted him to identify a number of rarely seen shots taken during the group’s most pivotal years in the 1960s. The Beatles photography exhibition aims to generate the same type of hype and enthusiasm that fans originally felt back then.
Rock and roll memorabilia curator, Raj Prem, has announced the release of a new series of rare and mostly unseen photographs of everyone’s favorite Fab Four: The Beatles. The exhibition comes on the heels of another major milestone for these legends of rock and roll – over 50 years since the band’s first iconic concert and appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in the United States. As BeatleMania continued to skyrocket the group into the international spotlight, the desire to get more access into the Beatles’ lives behind the stage grew exponentially. Fans wanted a look into all aspects of their favorite rock stars and get a peak into the private lives. Legends like photographer Robert Freeman helped make this fan wish come true by getting intimate access into the Beatles’ world and showcasing them with some of the most iconic pictures in the history of rock.
Documenting rock music’s happenings between 1963 and 1972, Raj Prem’s collection is exhibited in different countries and galleries internationally, including the U.S., U.K., Dubai, Japan, and the Netherlands. He has highly celebrated exhibitions to his name such as The Decca Years, featuring the works of Philip Townsend, Michael Cooper, and Dominique Tarle during the band’s rise from chart hits to rock movement legends. Prem is incredibly fascinated by Bonis’ Beatles photographs, which will complement the many pieces he has showcased in more than 95 exhibitions with the works of photographers like Robert Freeman, David Hurn, iain macmillan et al, immortalizing John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr for over four decades.
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The 200 images are part of 3,500 unseen photos from Bob Bonis, U.S. tour manager of the Beatles and Rolling Stones from 1964 thru 1966. The shots were privately held through Bonis’ life and stayed undiscovered in his basement following his death in 1992. Five years ago, the photos gained attention when Bob’s son, Alex Bonis, began to roll out 10 pictures per month over a two year span. Made public through eBay’s art and collectibles store, the price points are $175 for 11 by 14 inch prints all the way up to $625 or more for 20 by 24 inch prints. They are bought first-come-first-serve instead of through an auction, and 10% of the proceeds benefit the Grammy Foundation, the Grammy Museum, or other renowned organizations. The Grammy Museum has volunteered to provide a certificate of authenticity with each limited-edition print, a move that Raj Prem celebrates as it will increase the value of the pictures and make them worth more than their selling cost.
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The 200 images are part of 3,500 previously unpublished photos shot by Bob Bonis, U.S. tour manager of the Beatles and Rolling Stones between 1964 and 1966. The images remained private throughout Bonis’ life and stayed undiscovered in his basement even after his death in 1992. It was only until five years ago that the photos saw the light of day, when Bob’s son, Alex Bonis, decided to roll out 10 pictures per month over the period of two years. Sold through eBay’s art and collectibles store, the photos are priced starting from $175 for 11 by 14 inch prints all the way to over $625 for 20 by 24 inch prints. They are sold first-come-first-serve rather than through an auction and 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Grammy Foundation, the Grammy Museum, and other renowned charities. The Grammy Museum also volunteered to provide a certificate of authenticity with each limited-edition print, a gesture Prem believes can increase the value of the pictures and make them worth more than their actual cost.
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Worldwide music photography curator Raj Prem was ecstatic to hear about the 200 limited-edition fine art prints of the Rolling Stones, that made their way to eBay back in February. He says that these pictures are a delight for the lovers of rock history and photography.
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It is no surprise to anyone that as the band and the publishers of this signature volume were assembling what must be the ultimate in Rolling Stones shots, they quickly thought of Raj Prem. Including over 500 pages of stills from many of the time’s most renowned shooters, The Rolling Stones will include of a limited collector’s edition run of a mere 1,500 units – each numbered and signed by the band themselves. To go further, six art editions will highlight runs of merely 75 each and include a photographic print. The large number of photos from Raj Prem’s assemblage, shot by Philip Townsend and Peter Webb, included in this book, seeking to tell the tale of the Stone’s legendary history, is an incredible honor to the collector and fits perfectly with his ethos, as he has been quoted as noting: “It’s the back stories I find really interesting.”
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Prem’s photo collection is legendary in rock photography arenas. Featuring iconic snaps of the Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan among others, his passion has resulted in his locating the rarest and most captivating photos in the world. In order to make sure they are accessible to fans, he also works with photographers – representing them, managing their collections and hosting showcases. A true photography legend, Prem and long-running collaborators San Francisco Art Exchange (SFAe) launched the world’s foremost rock photography showcase in 1997, highlighting his belief that these photos are true art. He has worked with many photography greats, such as Gered Mankowitz, Robert Freeman, Michael Joseph, Iain Macmillan, Michael Cooper, Peter Webb, Jerry Schatzberg, Dominique Tarlê, and Terry O’Neill, in addition to Pattie Boyd. The legendary music journalist holds a special spot in his heart for the Rolling Stones, however. Photos such as the ones of the Stones’ 1965 US tour shown at that initial exhibition and those within “The Decca Years”, an exhibition which depicted the Rolling Stones evolution from chart rankers to leaders of the counter culture movement, have stunned audiences and were procured largely because of Prem’s dedication. Keith Richards’ best-selling autobiography Life in fact credits many photos to ‘the Raj Prem collection’.
Musical opinions are frequently some of the most subjective, with blanket statements about songs and bands often being difficult to convincingly uphold. There are a handful, though, that are simply impossible to disagree with. One of which is certainly that The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. Musically, a firm case can be made as the band has created some of the most memorable and definitive songs the world has seen. However, it may be the visual imagery of the band that really sets them apart from any other. The Rolling Stones upped the standard for how a rock band should look and act. Now, German publisher TASCHEN and editor Reuel Golden have aligned with the band itself to offer an unprecedented look into their fifty-year span in a collectible book titled appropriately, “The Rolling Stones”. And along with pictures and illustrations from the band’s personal collections, many previously unseen, acclaimed photo collector and exhibition curator, Raj Prem, is delivering a number of extraordinary prints for this must-have book.