Elvis Presley’s Army Days, 1958-1960.

26 March 1958, Fort Chaffee, Arkansas:
Private Elvis Presley contemplates his next two years of army service while awaiting issue of more clothing.
Presley was sent to Fort Hood, Texas, for eight weeks of basic training with the tough Second Armoured Division.
Image Credit: Photograph by Bettmann/Bettman Archive.

See more fantastic images of Elvis via Elvis Presley: a life in pictures, 40 years after his death | Music | The Guardian

The Beatles study the script for ‘Hard Day’s Night’ 1964.

The Beatles in EMI Recording Studios (later renamed Abbey Road Studios), London, England, 1964, by David Hurn
‘In 1964, I was asked by my friend Richard Lester, who was about to direct the first Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night, to photograph it, not for press, but more from a sociological point of view.
My picture shows the four of them studying pages of the script for the following day’s shooting.
They are in the Abbey Road Studio, the scene of so many of their musical triumphs.’
Image Credit: Photograph by David Hurn/Magnum Photos
Source: Nuns, guns and Beatles: images of crossings by Magnum photographers | Art and design | The Guardian

Stones founder Brian Jones, 1942-69.


by Pete Mitchell
The genius of Brian Jones propelled the early Rolling Stones into the higher echelons of the pop charts all over the world.
He was a complete one off and there was much to admire about him. Jones was one of the ultimate sixties pop stars with a creative cutting edge, compounded with an out-there fashion sense, who remains a style icon to this day.
It seems strange to think that he has almost been air-brushed out of the Rolling Stones history.
Juggling his duties as a musician with heavy drink and drug use, he died in suspicious circumstances one summer’s night at his rock star mansion in Sussex. He was twenty seven years old.
Brian was not exactly a child prodigy but he showed early signs that he was certainly gifted. During the mid to late 1950’s, the skiffle craze was sweeping across Great Britain and the teenagers were going wild.
Brian Lewis Hopkins Jones was besotted. He could play the piano and the clarinet proficiently and it would not long before he joined his first skiffle group. He bought a saxophone and formed a band, Thunder Odin’s Big Secret, and began playing venues and parties across London.
He admired Blues musician Alexis Korner and met him after a gig in Cheltenham, where they exchanged phone numbers.
He was introduced to the music of Elmore James by Korner, it was Brian’s most important musical discovery and he was so enamoured by Elmore’s work, that he went under the name of Elmore Lewis and began his career as a full time musician.
In 1962 he formed the Stones, who built up a reputation as a tight live act almost immediately.
Brian was the leader and responsible for the music they played, how they looked and where the band was going.
He would soon suffer his first blow, losing control of the group to another young upstart.
Read more via Pete Mitchell plays tribute to Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones.

‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ by John Lennon, 1967.

February, 1967 saw the release of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, John Lennon’s ode to his childhood haven Liverpool’s Strawberry Field children’s home and its grounds held special memories for John Lennon.
It inspired one of his greatest achievements, an effects-laden paean to his childhood haven drenched in hallucinogenic overdubs and owing much to the genius of George Martin.
Originally cited for inclusion on Sgt Pepper but instead released as a double A-side single along with Paul McCartney’s equally brilliant and nostalgic “Penny Lane”, “Strawberry Fields Forever” was pop music presented as art, a quantum leap in the group’s development, and a record that set the standard and style for the year to come.
Source: 12 essential songs that defined 1967 | The Independent

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock.1969.


No one had planned for half a million people.
The highways in the area literally became parking lots as people abandoned their cars in the middle of the street and just walked the final distance to the Woodstock Festival.
Traffic was so bad that the organizers had to hire helicopters to shuttle the performers from their hotels to the stage.
The Music Starts
Despite all the organizers’ troubles, the Woodstock Festival got started nearly on time.
On Friday evening, August 15, Richie Havens got up on stage and officially started the Festival. Sweetwater, Joan Baez, and other folk artists also played Friday night.
The music started up again shortly after noon on Saturday with Quill and continued non-stop until Sunday morning around 9 am.
The day of psychedelic bands continued with such musicians as Santana, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, and The Who, to name just a few.
It was obvious to everyone that on Sunday, the Woodstock Festival was winding down.
Most of the crowd left throughout the day, leaving about 150,000 people on Sunday night.
When Jimi Hendrix, the last musician to play at Woodstock, finished his set early on Monday morning, the crowd was down to only 25,000.
Despite the 30-minute lines for water and at least hour-long wait to use a toilet, the Woodstock Festival was a huge success.
There were a lot of drugs, a lot of sex and nudity, and a lot of mud.

The Beatles in Paris, 1964.

Jean-Marie Périer was at the heart of the pop explosion of the 1960s, capturing homegrown stars such as Jacques Dutronc and Johnny Hallyday – along with The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Miles Davis – for the French magazine Salut les Copains.

The Beatles, Paris, 1964
Périer left the magazine Salut les Copains in 1974, and largely gave up photography to pursue a career in filmmaking.
Source: Effortlessly cool: Jean-Marie Périer’s 1960s pop stars – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian