The Ultimate Beatles Book
January 08, 2013 | by —Simona Rabinovitch | Homepage
Music photography is an art unto itself, one which can catapult us behind the scenes into the heart and soul of its subjects. And when done well, a photograph can also encapsulate the era in which it was snapped. Such is the case with Henry Grossman's majestic new book, Places I Remember: My Time With The Beatles (Curvebender Publishing). Featuring a thousand photographs over 528 pages (many previously unseen and very intimate) and an introduction penned by Sir Paul McCartney himself, only 1,200 copies of the book will be printed, which accounts for the book’s objet d'art price tag—$795 for a signed copy (only 250 are available) and $495 otherwise.
Now age 76, Grossman captured more than 7,000 images of the iconic band, mostly between 1964 and 1968. This is actually his second Beatles photo book; Kaleidoscope Eyes was published in 2008. A mild-mannered freelance photographer, Grossman serendipitously became immersed in Beatlemania in 1964, when he was assigned a gig to shoot the band's legendary performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. "They were accustomed to seeing me with a camera, documenting everything that went on around me," says Grossman. "It was simply part of me, part of who I was. More than that, I had become a friend … So when I pulled out my camera, no one thought twice about it. No one cared. It wasn't seen as invasive."