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Photographer Ian Wright on Beatles Years this weekend
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 03/20/09 10:20 am] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This week, Beatles Years, heard nationally on Westwood One Radio, features an hour-long interview with author/photographer Ian Wright. In the interview, Mr. Wright tells Beatles Years host Bob Malik about photographing the Beatles before their worldwide fame.

He says, "There were 1500 working men's clubs in the Northeast of England, coupled with about 20 nightclubs with gambling, and then you had the dance halls and venues for the actual bus touring shows, the variety shows. My editor, Harry Evans, said to me, 'Photograph everyone because you don't know who's going to be famous.' And on the bottom of the bill, getting bottom of the bill wages, were the Beatles."

Ian Wright

He also talks about the first he actually met the Beatles in February, 1963.

"At our first meeting, John Lennon asked me to send a copy of the photos I took to his Aunt. 'Listen Wrighty, she doesn't think we are going to be famous. She's keeping a scrapbook because she wants to see how far we can go.' So I sent the photos. Later he thanked me and offered to let me shoot photos of them at any time."

The Beatle Years taps into Westwood One's enormous Beatles archive of classic hits and rare audio and takes a reflective look at the band and the music that defined a generation. Host Bob Malik is an avid collector of Beatle memorabilia and captures the excitement and hysteria of the Beatles Years, encapsulating the entertaining aspect of the journey of the Fab Four without getting bogged down with minutia.

The Beatle Years will be broadcast March 21 and 22 and again on Sunday March 22. Los Angeles listeners can tune into K-Earth 101.1 at 8:10 am. To find Beatles Years in your area, click here.

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