“As designers, we wondered what it would look like to visualize The Beatles and chart their story–the evolution of their music, style and characters–through a series of graphics,” say John Pring and Rob Thomas, authors of Visualizing The Beatles, coming May 1.
Their “history” tour of the Beatles career is arranged chronologically beginning with the band’s pre-Beatles days through to Abbey Road and Let It Be. The book also has pages devoted to such topics as “Press Conference Humor,” “Style Through the Years,” “Fab Four Memorabilia Sales,” “Hairstyles Over the Years,” and more.
Visualizing The Beatles authors Pring and Thomas use data and infographics to present a new way of looking at the Fab Four’s career. For example, n the section, “Turn Me On, Dead Man,” the book recalls the “Paul is Dead” conspiracy theory with the so-called “clues” in the group’s music and album covers.
A timeline appears throughout the book as a guide to what was happening elsewhere around the world coinciding with each Beatles album.
A two-page spread plots 13 locations in Los Angeles that the Beatles have visited or lived in since 1964, including the private home at 1567 Blue Jay Way that George Harrison rented (and was famously inspired to write a song about) and 7655 Curson Terrace, where the band stayed during their 1966 tour.
Visualizing The Beatles is “an attempt to present the facts in a way you haven’t seen them before, so you can spot the patterns, anomalies and changes.”