The Byrds

2022 Season Series • Summer Edition • The Byrds • Ready Steady Go! • August 8, 1965

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Rehearsals, Rediffusion Television Studios, Studio 1, Wembley, northwest London 

ITV’s Ready Steady Go! — Broadcast live, 6:08-7:00 pm

The Byrds make their second British television appearance on this evening’s Ready Steady Go!, with live performances of ‘All I Really Want To Do’ and ‘Mr. Tambourine Man.’ 



Individual 10" x 10" and 12" x 12" prints in this open edition are currently available on their respective pages.



Welcome to our Season Series line of prints. Four times each year we'll feature a special, one-time print or set edition. With the passage of each season, we'll turn to the next — and the previous edition will close. 

Our 2022 Summer Edition features six classic images from The Byrds' August 8, 1965 appearance on Britain's most influential pop show, Ready Steady Go!, available in 10" x 10" and 12" x 12" open edition sets, for a limited time.

Every Summer Edition print is hand-embossed, ready-to-frame, and features the same natural, non-acidic, archival paper and inks as our numbered, limited edition prints. Matted, archival framing — featuring UV resistant plexiglass — is available on request. Please contact us for frame options and prices.

The Season Series line is the perfect introduction to our larger, limited edition prints. Each edition offers high-quality archival prints at a nice price. Once the season is over, this edition won't be available in this format or at this price again.


 The 2022 Season Series / Summer Edition includes the following six prints:


Image 1


Image 2


Image 3


Image 4


Image 5


Image 6

The Story

Since topping the British charts in July with ‘Mr. Tambourine Man,’ the Los Angeles-based Byrds’ first visit to Britain is met with a mix of feverish anticipation and skepticism by the English music press.  The New Musical Express July 16 issue headline proclaims ‘Byrds Biggest Craze Since Beatles!,’ which promptly puts the group under media scrutiny. Some media outlets suggest The Byrds are merely Beatles copyists, and the British Musicians Union threatens to block the group’s entry into the country. Danger of overexposure is a concern even before the group sets foot in Britain, as Lulu complains to Disc: “I’m sick to death of that Byrds record. I think it’s been overexposed on radio stations. I’m looking forward to seeing them, though.” And by all accounts, the near entirety of the British pop scene eagerly awaits The Byrds’ arrival. 

High expectations often lead to disappointment. And from the moment their TWA flight touches down at London Airport, The Byrds through a series of almost continuous missteps, fall well short of British expectations.

Also appearing on this week’s Ready Steady Go!: The Who (who perform as a three-piece without Roger Daltry, who is ill), Sonny and Cher, and Brian Poole & The Tremeloes (who can be seen in the background, likely sharing their opinions of the proceedings among themselves).

Photographer unconfirmed — likely Cyrus Andrews / Image formerly from the London Features International Ltd. - John Halsall archives 

The Process

The images featured on our site are reproduced directly from the original negatives in our collection. Each has been digitally drum scanned at 8000 DPI to ensure the highest quality prints up to the largest sizes. 

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