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Alan Aldridge | Register | The Times & The Sunday Times

Alan Aldridge | Register | The Times & The Sunday Times

February 25
09:37 2017

When Alan Aldridge published an illustration for the Beatles’ song Doctor Robert depicting a medical man selling body parts from inside his giant cape, John Lennon phoned him to tell him that he had got it all wrong. “Dr Robert was a drug doctor who sold speed, injected vitamins, cured anything,” the Beatle told him.It was the start of a close friendship as Aldridge became, in Lennon’s words, “His royal master of images to Their Majesties the Beatles,” and a leading auteur of the aesthetic that dominated commercial art and graphic design in the Sixties. His surrealist, cartoony style and dreamy curves made possible by soft airbrushing were a feature of the sprouting psychedelia on film posters, album covers and book jackets. His busy,…

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