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Golden Dreams

The Beatles 'A Hard Day's Night'

Astrid Kirchherr, Max Scheler

Golden Dreams is a photographic journey accompanying The Beatles during the filming of A Hard Day's Night in Liverpool, 1964. The limited edition book presents Astrid Kirchherr and Max Scheler's unpublished pictures of The Beatles, the Liverpool music scene's early-60s explosion, and the phenomenon of the Merseybeat.

The Beatles first visited Hamburg in 1960. Then and during subsequent visits to the city, they learned their craft as musicians and performers and met with Astrid Kirchherr, a budding photographer who quickly became close friends with the band. Later, Astrid became engaged to The Beatles' original bass-player, Stuart Sutcliffe.

The Photography

Golden Dreams

On The Beatles' first visit to Hamburg in 1960, they met Astrid Kirchherr: a budding photographer who quickly became close friends with the band.

It was four years later when Astrid, together with fellow photographer Max Scheler, visited The Beatles on their home turf and took the photographs that feature in this limited edition book.

Astrid's lens focuses on them in private as well as public moments during filming, and her documentary portraits of Liverpool at this time depict the passion and poverty of its people.

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These photos were taken in the spring of 1964. It's a time that will always belong to The Beatles. No other journalists were allowed near them at that time. They were so busy that Brian Epstein had ruled that they should not be bothered by the press. So Max and I were very lucky: they were good to Max and they treated me as they always had, like an old friend.' Astrid Kirchherr 
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The Manuscript

Golden Dreams

'It is a time which will always belong to The Beatles, as well as to the beautiful Liverpool.' Astrid Kirchherr

In the short period between playing in Hamburg and filming A Hard Day's Night, The Beatles had transformed into an internationally acclaimed rock band. Golden Dreams is a moving testament to the inspirational effect of The Beatles' success on their hometown, as well as a historical account of the band's metamorphic rise to superstardom.


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The Authors

Golden Dreams

Once named Germany's most famous photojournalist, during his career Max Scheler (1928-2003) was featured in leading publications such as Heute, Paris Match and Stern. His photo stories led to international recognition and even a meeting with the legendary Robert Capa. At one time, Scheler was himself a junior member of Capa's prestigious photo agency, Magnum. His career continued on into the mid-1970s, at which point Scheler increasingly dedicated himself to publishing others' work.

When she first met The Beatles, Astrid Kirchherr was a young art student in Hamburg, studying photography under the tutelage of Germany's respected architectural and still life photographer, Reinhart Wolf. Astrid fell in love with The Beatles' rock 'n' roll aesthetic and, against the backdrop of post-war Hamburg, she created some of the most iconic portraits ever taken of the band. With Astrid playing host to the boys in Germany and becoming engaged to the band's bass player, Stuart Sutcliffe, a lifelong connection with The Beatles was established.
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The Limited Edition

Golden Dreams

Limited to just 2,500 individually numbered copies, each limited edition copy is personally signed by Astrid Kirchherr and Max Scheler.

Master-printed in black and gold, this exquisite volume is hand-bound in black buckram and housed in a two-colour, silk-screened slipcase.

Included with your copy is an original photographic print, hand-pasted onto the front cover. A choice of five prints is available: John, Paul, George, Ringo or a group shot of all four Beatles. Please contact us if you would like to view the selection.

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Golden Dreams

John

John

  • Edition:
    500 numbered books, signed by Astrid Kirchherr, Max Scheler.
  • Paper:
    Archival art paper.
  • Extras:
    Please call us with your order to select a choice of portrait (either 'Paul', 'John', 'George' or 'Ringo') to be inset onto the front cover of your book. Tel.+44(0)1483-540-970
£185
Paul

Paul

  • Edition:
    500 numbered books, signed by Astrid Kirchherr, Max Scheler.
  • Paper:
    Archival art paper.
  • Extras:
    Please call us with your order to select a choice of portrait (either 'Paul', 'John', 'George' or 'Ringo') to be inset onto the front cover of your book. Tel.+44(0)1483-540-970
£185
George

George

  • Edition:
    500 numbered books, signed by Astrid Kirchherr, Max Scheler.
  • Paper:
    Archival art paper.
  • Extras:
    Please call us with your order to select a choice of portrait (either 'Paul', 'John', 'George' or 'Ringo') to be inset onto the front cover of your book. Tel.+44(0)1483-540-970
£185
Ringo

Ringo

  • Edition:
    500 numbered books, signed by Astrid Kirchherr, Max Scheler.
  • Paper:
    Archival art paper.
  • Extras:
    Please call us with your order to select a choice of portrait (either 'Paul', 'John', 'George' or 'Ringo') to be inset onto the front cover of your book. Tel.+44(0)1483-540-970
£185
Group

Group

  • Edition:
    500 numbered books, signed by Astrid Kirchherr, Max Scheler.
  • Paper:
    Archival art paper.
  • Extras:
    Please call us with your order to select a choice of portrait (either 'Paul', 'John', 'George' or 'Ringo') to be inset onto the front cover of your book. Tel.+44(0)1483-540-970
£185
George Harrison in the Gardens of Cliveden House

George Harrison in the Gardens of Cliveden House

Olivia Harrison

£1200

Hamburg Days Photos by Astrid Kirchherr & Artwork by Klaus Voormann

Hamburg Days

Astrid Kirchherr, Klaus Voormann

£345

Hamburg Days Prints

Hamburg Days Prints

Klaus Voormann

FROM £345

I Me Mine Lyric Print

I Me Mine Lyric Print

George Harrison

FROM £295

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