Mr Terry O'Neill
I seem to have turned full circle in the past 50 years. In 1960 I was trying to get on a plane, and today I seem to be on one all the time.
I was so into the music scene I was spotting young and upcoming bands and musicians and photographing them – the newspapers and new pop magazines couldn’t get enough. I was photographing The Beatles in Abbey Road with Sir George Martin recording Please Please Me in early 1963, another young band – unknown then – called the Rolling Stones – asked me to get them some publicity so I took them around London making them look cool – I didn’t have to try too hard of course.
This was before anyone realized there was something happening called the 60s. We were all so young. I remember sitting with John and Paul and Mick and Keith who were looking for a song to record. Paul just rapped out on the table a song he and John had written – I Wanna Be Your Man – and gave it to them. It was their second single and first real hit. The Beatles helped make the Stones, even Mick and Keith acknowledge that.
I’ve been repeatedly asked to write my autobiography – I have seen an awful lot of famous people at their best and worst – but I’m not interested in making money trading their secrets or mine. To be honest the idea disgusts me.