The Butcher Sessions


The Butcher Sessions

Bizarre photo shoot of the 'The Beatles' took place here

Location: 1 The Vale, King's Road, SW3

Description: This was the place where the then 'official photographer' Robert Whitaker took perhaps the most bizarre photo shoot of the 'The Beatles' to coincide with Capital Records promotion of 'Yesterday' and other Revolver singles.

The format of the shoot was based around an array of dismembered doll limbs and raw meat of various descriptions from Sausages to joints dripping with blood.

It seems that John was the keenest donning a smock and mixing pieces of doll with bits of meat, before Paul, George and Ringo got involved to make even more Beatle history. Any other band at the time doing such a shoot would have ruined their careers...but of course the Beatles where a different story.

The pictures taken were as extraordinary as they were sick and few were used by Capitol...it was but a few months after this fateful day during Spring 1966 that Whitaker's two-year stint as official snapper for NEMS Enterprises ended.

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The Butcher Sessions

Bizarre photo shoot of the 'The Beatles' took place here

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