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Candid images of the Beatles’ historic first trip to the U.S., chronicled by an award-winning photographer. 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 DC for the concert at Washington Coliseum; at the British Embassy; and their performance at Carnegie Hall. A consummate photojournalist, when asked by the band what he wanted them to do, Eppridge replied, “I’m not going to ask you to do a thing; I just want to be there.” The result 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.

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