Colorized Behind-The-Scenes Photos Of Rock Stars Living Normal Lives
September 28, 2023
Rock Stars Truly Lived The Lives We Thought They Did Behind Closed Doors
Rock stars live in the posters on our walls and in the albums on our shelves, they're not supposed to live normal lives. But the truth is that rockers like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and even Johnny Cash did their best to live quasi-normal lives when they weren't onstage, even if it was impossible to do so at the height of their fame.
Most photos from the glory days of rock n' roll are in stark black and white, and as cool as they look, seeing the photos in full color makes them look closer to real life, or at the very least as close to real life as you can get when you're in front of thousands of adoring fans.
By 1964, the Beatles were four of the most famous people on the planet. They couldn't go anywhere without being mobbed, and their every move was subject to intense fan speculation. They may have been lads from Liverpool, but following their appearance on Ed Sullivan they were legitimate superstars who could only confide with one another about how strange their lives were. This odd kinship brought the band closer together than anyone can imagine, but it's also what played a catalyst in pulling the band apart at the seams.
LSD opened the Beatles' minds but it didn't help them write songs
Being the four most famous people on the planet couldn't have been easy, especially when you've got no one to talk to about it other than yourselves. This forced-closeness led to fighting over songwriting credits and musical direction, but it also created a breeding ground for personal experimentation.
From their early days playing in Hamburg, The Beatles used uppers to cope with their long sets and longer nights, but it was LSD that took the band to new heights. John Lennon and George Harrison dove into LSD in the late '60s, and while there's speculation about which songs the band wrote on psychedelics Paul McCartney says that most of their tracks were written sober with "Tomorrow Never Knows" being the lone druggy holdout.