Oct 08, 2016
Apr 02, 2017
Clinton Presidential Center

Ladies and Gentlemen... The Beatles!

Little Rock, Arkansas
Photo: © THE BOB BONIS ARCHIVE 

The Clinton Center is happy to announce its next temporary exhibit, Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!, opening on October 8, 2016. This exhibit, curated by the GRAMMY Museum® and Fab Four Exhibits, will explore the impact The Beatles’s arrival had on American pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media and music.  The exhibit will focus on the height of Beatlemania in the United States (February of 1964 until September of 1966); however, the exhibit will also include the band’s early days in the United Kingdom (1960-1963), as well as their post-touring years (1967-1970.)


Photo: © THE BOB BONIS ARCHIVE 
 
More than 400 pieces of memorabilia, including records, rare photographs, tour artifacts, videos, and instruments will be on display throughout the Clinton Center. The Beatles! will also include a sign-along booth where guests can record their own version – including an introduction by Ringo Starr– of “Yellow Submarine.”  Additionally, Clinton Center guests can recreate the iconic “Abbey Road” album cover as they walk in front of a giant wall graphic of the famous zebra striped street.  Both interactive experiences are offered at no additional charge and guests are encouraged to share their Beatle moments via social media. 

Exhibit highlights include:
•          Gold record award for "I Want to Hold Your Hand" presented to The Beatles by Capitol Records Gold record award for “Rubber Soul” presented to The Beatles by Capitol Records
•          "What You're Doing" handwritten song lyrics, written by Paul McCartney on Atlantic City Lafayette Motor Inn stationary
•          Original set list for early Liverpool show, handwritten by then 18-year-old Paul McCartney
•          Paul McCartney's Shea Stadium jacket
•          1964 set list written by John Lennon for the band’s first American public concert in Washington D.C., which took place two days after their Ed Sullivan Show debut
•          Ringo Starr's jacket worn for Abbey Road LP cover photo
•          Ringo Starr’s suit worn during the first 30 minutes of “A Hard Day’s Night”
•          Three-page George Harrison handwritten letter from the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany
•          George Harrison's original set list from the Candlestick Park concert
•          Original guitars owned and played by Beatles’ influencers Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and Roy Orbison
•          A collection of unused tickets from every stop of all three North American tours
•          The original signed contract for the Hollywood Bowl show in 1964
•          A program from the Carnegie Hall show in 1964 with Paul’s name misspelled (it reads John McCartney) 
•          Ticket rejection notices from the Ed Sullivan Show to eager fan requests for February 1964 tapings
•          An original TV Guide magazine from the week of Feb 9, 1964 which lists the Beatles as guests on the Ed Sullivan Show
•          A 45 single of “Love Me Do” signed by all four Beatles at a record store signing in UK the day after the single was released in 1962 – Ringo had just taken over on drums for the dismissed Pete Best
•          Three membership cards from the Cavern Club in Liverpool from the three years The Beatles performed there (1961, 1962, 1963)
 
The exhibit will be on display October 8, 2016 - April 2, 2017.

 

The educational staff of the Clinton Foundation has created a number of grade-specific educational programs and tours to accompany Ladies and Gentlemen…the Beatles!, the Clinton Center’s 43rd temporary exhibit.  School groups are asked to make reservations three weeks in advance and always tour the Clinton Center at no cost.  Visit www.clintonfoundation.org/cpceducation for programs offered for each grade.