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This Beatles image is from the wall opposite Bleecker Bob’s record store at the corner of 3rd and MacDougal in Greenwich Village. I took it this past spring, just after buying a copy of the “Black Album” (comprised of Let it Be session bootlegs). Now Bleecker Bob’s is, lamentably, about to close, another casualty of lagging interest in physical media and rising rents. Depending on the day and hour, I see this mural as either a reminder of good days now past or a testament to music’s enduring presence. I do love the expression on the Beatles’ faces (except for George, who looks a bit like he’s undergoing a seismic shift of some sort). John and Paul are looking particularly characteristic.

Hey Dullblog readers, what other examples of noncommercial, public Beatles images have you encountered? Or what depictions of rock musicians more generally? And when you see them, do they seem more like memorials or like testaments to a still-potent power?

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One Comment

  1. Avatar J.R. Clark wrote:

    Bill Wyman looks more like George than George looks like George.

    I bet 1971-era George really freaked Elvis out when they met at Madison Square Garden. Elvis looked like a cross between Rasputin and a Byzantine icon of Jesus.

    Mick Jagger will always look like the bastard offspring of Barney Fife and Millie Helper.

    Brian Jones sorta looks like John, circa 1965.

    What’s with Paul’s expression? I’ve just seen a face I have never seen Paul make!

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