It’s been more than four decades since the Fab Four got together for what would be their very last photo shoot as a band. Photos after the cut.
For most of 1969, the relationship between the Beatles members was already so strained that it became quite apparent even to outsiders. Their final recording sessions were marred by rows, exchanges of cutting remarks, and even George Harrison’s temporary departure from the band. Nevertheless on August 22, 1969, just a couple of days after they did their very last recording session together for “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” all four Beatles trooped to John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s then newly-bought property at Tittenhurst Park in Berkshire for what would be their last photo shoot together (the Beatles would be breaking up the following year).
Photographers Ethan Russell and Monte Fresco were enlisted to take on the shoot, with the band’s assistant Mal Evans taking a few photos himself. Paul McCartney’s pregnant wife Linda was also there, also taking footage on Paul’s 16mm camera, as well as Yoko herself. The final photos consisted of various images of the band in different places in and around the property, with Linda and Yoko also appearing in some of the behind-the-scenes shots.
And so without further ado, here are some of the photographs from this historic shoot:
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