John Lennon famously stated then he felt the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus," and though he would have to apologize for his selfish comment, the band continues to be a source of legend for music fans around the world.

In spite of the fact that countless Beatles pictures  are readily recalled by fans, no one had a better eye on The Beatles than Robert Whitaker, the late photographer who was the group's official documenter at the Beatlemania peak.

A curated sampling of Whitaker's images has been presented in a new book, titled "With the Beatles". The book - available through Amazon and in bookstores - offers a rich and textured look at The Beatles.

Photo credit: Robert Whitaker on behalf of LIFE Books

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