The Beatles polaroids taken during the filming of The Magical Mystery Tour; 1967.
When they weren’t checking out their fans, they were either listening to their own songs blaring on the radio or watching clips of their arrival on the TV, often, Ellis recalls, with the sound off so they could continue to listen to themselves on the radio. “I got the impression they were enjoying it all,” he says.
Perhaps Paul more than anyone. He kept his Pepsi radio close at hand, spinning the dial from station to station, perpetually in the search of the sound of his own voice.
He’s less animated on the train to Washington D.C., a few days later, but that may have been because George and Ringo had taken center stage, delivering drinks and cracking jokes for a delighted press corps. When the Maysles’s camera finally finds Paul, sitting alone in an armchair, he looks lonely and glum. “I’m not in a laughing mood, even,” he tells the camera.
So, you know, that’s the incredible side of George.
Paul McCartney and George Harrison photographs by Bob Bonis