Sgt Pepper Press Launch
On May 19th 1967, Beatles manager Brian Epstein hosted a promotional party at his home on 24 Chapel Street, London, for the forthcoming release of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band. A small selection of journalists and photographers were invited, including Paul's future wife Linda Eastman.
"I took my portfolio over to Brian Epstein's office and left it with his assistant, Peter Brown... Peter Brown got back in touch and said that Brian had liked my portfolio and invited me to a press launch for Sgt Pepper at Brian's home. Peter also said that Brian wanted to buy copies of two of my photos – one of Keith Moon wearing a lace cravat and one of Brian Jones at The Rolling Stones boat party.
So I went to the press launch where Sgt Pepper was played for the first time to the media, to take my first photographs of The Beatles. Because I was so used to working almost exclusively with black-and-white I didn't have any color film with me, and had to get some from another photographer. I eventually sold a color print of The Beatles from this session for $100 and I thought that I had it made!" - Linda McCartney