The Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool needs no introduction to Beatles aficionados. The club was set up by Pete Best’s mother, Mona, and on Saturday 29 August 1959, The Quarrymen (with a line-up at the time consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ken Brown) played at the club’s opening night.
In 2002, professional photographer Sandro Sodano visited the Casbah Coffee Club to photograph the interiors and a collection of objects at the club’s premises belonging to the Best family. The photographs document a rich variety of objects, and include original clothing and instruments from those very early days, along with later items such as the strip of medals worn by John Lennon for the Sgt. Pepper cover shoot in 1967, and a huge doll that appeared in the All You Need is Love TV screening. Sandro photographed the leather jacket and trousers that Pete Best wore in Hamburg, the same ones he wore when he was photographed by Astrid in 1960.
For the first time, Sandro is offering collectors the chance to purchase signed limited edition photographs in a choice of sizes, including a small physical size deliberately chosen to allow collectors to display a number of pieces together on the wall.