The Beatles Caricature 1960


The Beatles Caricature 1960, shown here with George Harrison age 17, Paul McCartney age 18 and John Lennon age 20 in October, 1960. Heiligengeistfeld Square, Glacischaussee, Hamburg, Germany; from a collection of photos taken by Stuart Sutcliffe’s German fiancée Astrid Kirchherr, who took the first semi-professional photos of the Beatles.

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. In March 1957, John Lennon, then aged sixteen, formed a skiffle group with several friends from Quarry Bank High School in Liverpool.
They briefly called themselves the Blackjacks, before changing their name to the Quarrymen. Fifteen-year-old Paul McCartney joined them as a rhythm guitarist shortly after he and Lennon met that July. In March 1958, McCartney invited his friend George Harrison to join the band as lead guitar. Stuart Sutcliffe joined the group playing bass guitar.
They went throught several band name changes… The Beatals, The Silver Beetles and finally The Beatles.

In November 1961, during one of the group’s frequent performances at The Cavern Club, they encountered Brian Epstein, a local record-store owner and music columnist. Epstein courted the band over the next couple of months, and they appointed him as their manager in January 1962. Tragedy greeted them on their return to Germany in April, when they were met at the airport with news of Stuart Sutcliffe’s death the previous day from what would later be determined to have been a brain hemorrhage.
Led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney (now on bass guitar), the Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool, England and Hamburg, Germany over a three-year period. The core trio of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, went through a succession of drummers, including Pete Best, before asking Starr to join them in 1962.

In March of 1962, producer George Martin signed the Beatles to EMI’s Parlophone label. Martin’s first recording session with the Beatles took place at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London on June 6, 1962.
This produced their first 3 hit singles, “Love Me Do”, “Please Please Me” and “P.S. I Love You”. This gave way to their first debut album, Please Please Me released on March 22, 1963. The album contained their first 3 single hits as well as “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Twist And Shout”.

Rolling Stone magazine later cited these original compositions as early evidence of the Beatles’ “(invention of) the idea of the self-contained rock band, writing their own hits and playing their own instruments”.

The rest is history.

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32″ x 40″ stretch canvas print is produced by Giclee printing process and are hand stretched over heavy duty American made white pine. The canvas print is varnished twice after printing. The canvas prints are ready to hang (complete with hanging wire).

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Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 20 × .25 in
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