Some never-seen-before images of the Beatles, when they were a relatively little-known band in 1963, have been found and are slated to go on display next week in Liverpool.
The 38 black-and-white unpublished pictures were taken by Paul Berriff, who had stored them in an attic for nearly 50 years, only to find them recently.
The documentary maker took the photos as a 16-year-old
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editorial assistant given unlimited access to the band in 1963, which was on the verge of fame,
"When I took those pictures, the Beatles were at the bottom of the bill. But I knew they were going to be successful because they had an aura, and months later they were world famous," Berriff said. The photographs show the Fab Four - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - playing, rehearsing and relaxing as they toured venues such as the Huddersfield ABC Cinema, Manchester Apollo and the Leeds Odeon.
"I started to root around in the attic, because I knew I had taken some pictures of pop groups, but I thought there would only be about five or six of the Beatles. It was like finding hidden treasure," the photographer said. The English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960, continues to be a great cultural and social influence 50 years after its birth.