Former BIMM student John Pring has taken his Beatles obsession to new heights after publishing a spectacular book of colourful infographics that chart the iconic band’s success.
John, who graduated from BIMM Brighton in 2007 after studying for a Songwriting HND and degree in Professional Musicianship, has co-authored the book ‘Visualising The Beatles’ with his friend and long-term business partner Rob Thomas.
Both John and Rob are self-confessed Beatles geeks. Their book is a real labour of love, with beautiful imagery and facts that depict the band’s fascinating history and outstanding discography, from Revolver to Abbey Road via Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The two friends run specialist design company Designbysoap Ltd, producing infographics and data visualisation for a host of international clients including; Google, The Guardian, the BBC, the Economist, the European Commission and the UN.
John revealed how both he and Rob had been looking for a project that combined their lifelong love of the Fab Four with their day job.
“I’ve been a Beatles fan my entire life, and consider them not only the greatest band to have ever existed, but also the most influential and culturally significant,” he told BIMM.
The pair took to Kickstarter to fund Visualising The Beatles. Word soon spread, and the project was featured by Kickstarter and a host of online magazines and websites including Gizmodo, Fast Company and the Washington Post.
Fast-forward to today, and the book has received rave reviews from a host of Beatles experts, data gurus, musicians and international media outlets including The Guardian, The Italian Post, Bev Bevan (ELO / Black Sabbath), Kenny Lynch OBE, Jon Stewart (Sleeper, BIMM) and Kenneth Womack, author of The Beatles Encyclopedia.
“With Visualising The Beatles, John and Rob trace the contours of the Beatles’ incredible career in all of its pictorial splendour,” writes Kenneth.
“Through an arresting collection of Beatles-oriented illustrations and infographics, they challenge casual fans and die-hard aficionados alike to ‘see’ John, Paul, George and Ringo in vastly new and revealing ways.”
BIMM have also had some involvement with the book, which features a foreword from our founding director and famed bass player Damian Keyes (Alanis Morisette, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan).
“The evolution of the Fab Four has never before been documented in such a concise, exciting and beautiful way,” writes Damian.
Visualising The Beatles has also sparked interest from The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool and Waterstones, who recently hosted a launch event at their flagship Tottenham Court Road with performances from fellow former BIMM student Danny McGurn.
John has teased plans to follow up this latest book with another music related-installment. The duo also plan to venture into film and sport, following the wide-spread success of this book.
Visualising The Beatles is out now and published by Orphans Publishing.
A special book signing event will take place at The Beatles Story museum’s Fab4 Cafe on December 14th, full details here. Can’t make it? The book is also on display at Waterstones, Tottenham Court Road.