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Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.

A TOOT AND A SNORE IN ’74

A Toot and a Snore in ’74 is a bootleg album of the only known recording session in which John Lennon and Paul McCartney played together after the break-up of the Beatles. First mentioned by Lennon in a 1975 interview, more details were brought to light in May Pang’s 1983 book, Loving John, and it gained wider prominence when McCartney made reference to the session in a 1997 interview. Discussing with Australian writer Sean Sennett in his Soho office, McCartney claimed the “session was hazy… for a number of reasons”.

Lennon is on lead vocal and guitar, and McCartney sings harmony and plays Ringo Starr’s drums. (Starr, who was recording with Nilsson at the time but not present at the session, complained at the next day’s recording session that “[McCartney] always messes up my drums!”) Stevie Wonder sings and plays electric piano, Linda McCartney is on organ, Pang plays tambourine, Nilsson provides vocals, Davis is on guitar, Freeman (who was producing Don McLean in the neighboring studio) fills in on bass, and Keys plays saxophone. Keys had been questioned on a number of times about the session, but he couldn’t recall any of it. [Source]

THE BRITISH LIBRARY PHOTOSTREAM

The British Library has released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books and digitized to release them back into the Public Domain. There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colorful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more.