|This is the first photo ever published from the "Butcher" sessions. It was printed as a worldwide exclusive on the front page of Disc and Music Echo in Britain the first week of June, 1966. Why an alternate shot was given to them is not known, and when printed, the photo was reversed. The correct version is shown on the right. It never appeared anywhere again until the mid 1970s when it was used for the cover of the bootleg EP, Top of the Pops, who evidentially copied the photo from the Disc cover (it was also reversed). This photo has never been reprinted or used anywhere since.|
FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE
OF THE BUTCHER COVER PHOTO
BEATLES WEEK! There back with a single, Paperback Writer and Rain, out
BUT WHATíS THIS? The Beatles as butchers draped with raw meat! Disc and Music
Echoís world exclusive colour picture by Bob Whitaker is the most controversial shot
ever of John, Paul, George and Ringo.
THE PLACE: A private studio in Chelsea, London. Whitaker is taking some new pictures of the Beatles, and decides that a new approach is needed.
PAULíS comment after the session: "Very tasty meat!"
GEORGE: "We wonít come to any more of your sick picture sessions"
JOHN: "Oh, we donít mind doing anything"
RINGO: "We havenít done pictures like THIS before..."