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The Beatles

Image for The Beatles
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
In 1967 Time covered the Beatles and “their new incarnation” after the release of their eighth studio album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the first of a trend-setting genre of “concept albums.” When bassist Paul McCartney gave Bob Dylan a quick preview listen, Dylan quipped, “Oh I get it, you don’t want to be cute anymore.” Years later, McCartney admitted as much: “We were not boys, we were men.” In selecting British satirist Gerald Scarfe to make the cover art, Time magazine was undergoing its own “hip” transformation. Scarfe made life-sized sculptures of the Beatles for the cover; his smaller replicas are displayed here.
Los Beatles
En 1967 Time hizo un reportaje sobre los Beatles y “su nueva encarnación” luego de lanzar al mercado su octavo disco grabado en estudio, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, pionero en el innovador género de los “discos temáticos”. Cuando el bajista Paul McCartney invitó a Bob Dylan a escuchar un adelanto del disco, Dylan bromeó: “Ah, ya veo, no quieren seguir siendo cute”. Años más tarde, McCartney le dio la razón: “No éramos niños, éramos hombres”. Con la selección del satirista británico Gerald Scarfe para que hiciera la portada, Time a su vez gestionaba su transformación hacia un estilo más fresco. Scarfe creó esculturas tamaño natural; aquí presentamos sus reproducciones más pequeñas.
Gerald Scarfe (nacido en 1936)
Papel maché, tela, madera, metal y plástico, 1967
Portada de Time, 22 de septiembre de 1967
Artist
Gerald Scarfe, born 1936
Sitter
George Harrison, 25 Feb 1943 - 29 Nov 2001
John Lennon, 9 Oct 1940 - 8 Dec 1980
Sir Paul McCartney, born 18 Jun 1942
Ringo Starr, born 7 Jul 1940
Date
1967
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Medium
Papier mache and cloth over fiberglass and steel wire
Dimensions
121.9cm x 55.9cm x 45.7cm (48" x 22" x 18"), Accurate
Type
Sculpture
Topic
Music\Musical instrument
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache
Personal Attribute\Teeth
Sir Paul McCartney: Male
Sir Paul McCartney: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Sir Paul McCartney: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Sir Paul McCartney: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
Sir Paul McCartney: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Sir Paul McCartney: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Guitarist
Sir Paul McCartney: Oscar
George Harrison: Male
George Harrison: Performing Arts\Producer
George Harrison: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
George Harrison: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
George Harrison: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Guitarist
George Harrison: Oscar
John Lennon: Male
John Lennon: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
John Lennon: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Guitarist
John Lennon: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Rock
John Lennon: Oscar
Ringo Starr: Male
Ringo Starr: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Ringo Starr: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
Ringo Starr: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Drummer
Ringo Starr: Oscar
Portrait
Restrictions & Rights
© Gerald Scarfe
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Object number
NPG.78.TC850
Culture
Sir Paul McCartney: European\British\English
George Harrison: European\British\English
John Lennon: European\British\English