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Yesterday, I watched the BBC Four documentary “Art and the 60s,” which tells the story of Swinging London through its two iconic galleries, the Kasmin Gallery, and (of course) Robert Fraser‘s Robert Fraser Gallery.
“Groovy Bob” was great pals with Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Brian Epstein (and even greater pals with the Rolling Stones, to the point of famously being busted with them at Keith’s house in February 1967). That bust dealt Fraser and his Gallery a mortal blow — even though he reportedly had “a wonderful time” serving a six-month sentence in Wormwood Scrubs.
Fraser’s Beatles connections were many, the most notable being his art direction for the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s — Fraser convinced them not to use Dutch psychedelic schlocksters The Fool, and use Peter Blake instead. Robert Fraser Gallery also mounted John and Yoko’s “You Are Here” exhibit in 1968. I also found this footage of the “You Are Here” exhibit, which you’ll like.