The Beatles: Six Days That Changed the World. February, 1964
Astonishing, richly spontaneous, and almost entirely unpublished images of the Beatles' historic first trip to the United States, as chronicled by an award-winning photographer given unique access to their tour. Published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles' first visit to the United States, this rare and mostly unseen collection of photographs marks the beginning of the British Invasion. In February 1964, photographer Bill Eppridge was on assignment for Life magazine to cover the band's arrival at JFK airport. He was then invited to continue shooting in their room at the Plaza Hotel and during the days that followed, notably at the Ed Sullivan Show rehearsal and historic performance; in Central Park; on a train ride to Washington, D.C., for the concert at the Washington Coliseum; at the British embassy; and at their renowned performance at Carnegie Hall. The book is an intimate fly-on-the-wall account of a visit that introduced the Beatles to America and changed the course of music, internationalizing the industry and opening the door for other artists to achieve global success.
Bill Eppridge was one of the most accomplished photojournalists of the twentieth century. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, Life, and Sports Illustrated. Eppridge received some of the highest honors his profession bestows: the NPPA Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award (1996), The Missouri School of Journalism Honor Medal (2009), and the Lucie Award for Achievement in Photojournalism (2011). His photographs have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and in other museums around the world. British fashion photographer, publisher, and filmmaker Rankin attained success after co-founding style bible "Dazed & Confused"--and subsequently fashion titles "AnOther" and "AnOther Man." After developing a taste for film direction, he established Rankin Film Productions. More recently, he returned to magazine publishing with a fresh biannual glossy "The Hunger."