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Bob and the Beatles

Rare photographs of Dylan and the Fab Four go on show in London...
(video see and hear more on this below)

John and Cynthia Lennon
John and Cynthia Lennon at the Maharishi's ashram in India in 1968 (photo credit: Paul Saltzman)

As the 1960s began its transformation into an era of psychedelia, free love and unbridled idealism, two of the greatest acts of musical history, The Beatles and Bob Dylan, underwent their own defining periods of change.

Bob Dylan
“Because our names are anagrams of each other people thought that I didn’t exist," says Landy (photo credit: Elliott Landy)

Photographers Paul Saltzman and Elliott Landy were on hand to record intimate moments in the lives of these legendary musicians.

Landy's unique images - often miscredited in the past due to his name being an anagram of 'Dylan' - date from 1968 and capture Dylan the musician and the family man, as well as the iconic country n western transformation behind 'Nashville Skyline'.

Saltzman’s photographs, previously unpublished in the UK, chronicle The Beatles' time at the ashram in Rishikesh, India during 1968.

Bizarrely, Saltzman had come to the ashram to learn meditation to heal a broken heart, unaware that the Beatles would be there. After camping outside the gates for over a week he was finally allowed inside!

Ringo, John and Paul
For a week during 1968, the life of Paul Saltzman crossed with the lives of The Beatles (photo credit: Paul Saltzman)

video watch see more pictures and hear paul saltzman and elliott landy talk to bbc london's tom edwards click here (1, 505Kb/ 01'31")
(Real Player required)

exhibition details: The Beatles and Bob Dylan can be seen at Proud Central, 5 Buckingham Street, London WC2/ 10am - 7pm, Monday - Thursday, 11am - 6pm, Friday - Sunday/ Full price £3
Concessions £2. Runs until 7 June. (
Sponsored by HP)

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