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The Beatles (George Harrison; John Lennon; Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr)

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The Beatles (George Harrison; John Lennon; Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr)

by Astrid Kirchherr
bromide fibre print, November 1962
15 3/4 in. x 15 3/4 in. (400 mm x 400 mm) image size
Purchased, 2006
Photographs Collection
NPG x128620

On display at Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia, USA

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  • Astrid Kirchherr (1938-2020), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 6 portraits.

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Brian Epstein commissioned her to take portraits of the band late in 1962 with their new suits and new drummer. Ringo Starr, who had replaced Pete Best as drummer earlier that year, is seen standing slightly apart from the other members in the group.

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Current affairs

After a series of by-election defeats, the prime minister, Harold MacMillan organises a drastic cabinet reshuffle, dismissing one third of his cabinet. Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe's wry comment summed up the desperate action: 'greater love hath no man than this, than to lay down his friends for his life.'
Britain suffers the 'Big Freeze' with no frost-free nights between 22nd December 1962 and 5th March 1963.

Art and science

The Beatles have their first hit with Love Me Do and release their first album Please Please Me.
The new Coventry Cathedral is consecrated and creates a showcase for British artistic talent with the first performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, a wall hanging by Graham Sutherland, stained glass by John Piper, and sculptures by Jacob Epstein and Elizabeth Frink.


The world comes to the brink of nuclear war with the Cuban Missile Crisis. In response to the USA's nuclear advantage, the USSR sent missiles to Cuba. The crisis lasted for 12 days before a deal was finally stuck between Khrushchev and Kennedy in which the Cuban missile bases were dismantled in return for the secret removal of US missiles from Turkey.

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