JOHN LENNON / STEPHEN VERONA ORIGINAL CELS FOR THE WORLD’S FIRST MUSIC VIDEO

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The complete artwork for the film comprised 240 hand colored paper cels for the short film ‘She Said So’. Drawn by Stephen Verona and hand colored by Verona & John Lennon.  Each measuring 8.5 x 11 inches.

 A chance meeting in a London nightclub in London in 1966 between artist and film maker Stephen Verona and the man of the hour John Lennon led to an artistic collaboration which resulted in this, the world’s first music video. John gave Stephen the hit song, which arrived on an unlabeled tape.  It sounded like the title of the song was going to be ‘She Said So’ not the next line in the song, ‘I Feel Fine’ hence the title of the video became ‘She Said So’. 

Verona set to work in New York drawing the pop-art cartoon images illustrating the lyrics. Each word had a drawing. Lennon flew to New York and the two got together to measure the progress.  Stephen remembers the night that Lennon came over to his apartment and the two wiled away the hours by sitting at the dining room table and coloring in the images with magic markers – the first rock and roll Music Video was born. 

It was a smash hit.  The film was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and went on to win awards at the Atlanta, San Francisco and Chicago Film Festivals.  It won the CINE Golden Eagle and went from there to many of the major foreign film festivals.

An original print of the film resides in the Library of Congress archive in Washington D.C..

These hand drawn and hand colored original cels are unique and no other copies exist. They comprise both a milestone in music video history as well as an important step in the history of the Beatles.