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The Beatles A Hard Day's Night: A Private Archive Hardcover – September 5, 2016
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As featured in Associated Press, Guitar Aficionado, The Mail on Sunday, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The New York Times, Parade, Print Magazine, and on AnOther, Buzzfeed, and Goop; as heard on the Associated Press podcast
"Features a trove of previously unseen publicity stills... as well as collected ephemera from their ascent to the global cultural pantheon... The book's images capture the linear action, as well as behind-the-scenes moments that will excite any Beatles fan."—The New York Times Lens Blog
"A stunning new book spills the secrets of A Hard Day's Night."—The Mail on Sunday
"Yeah, yeah, yeah! A lavish treasure trove of rare photos and other artifacts... Offering a remarkable behind-the-scenes peek at the iconic Fab Four's first film and the surrounding 1964 swirl of chaos, charm and musical magic that reverberates to this day."—Parade
"... The ultimate tribute to the film... provide[s] context and explore[s] the film's impact and enduring legacy while capturing its infectious energy and anarchic spirit."—Guitar Aficionado
"Fantastic... An unparalleled and satisfyingly comprehensive glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of the film... Freezes this crucial moment in music history and preserves it for our own enjoyment."—AnOthermag.com
"The perfect gift for any Beatles fan."—GOOP
"Beautifully designed."— Steven Heller
"A beautiful book... Gorgeously printed photos, reproductions of the script and other ephemera. There's also a thoughtful introduction and epilogue by Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn. A must-have for 'HDN' fans. "—Goldmine
"[A] captivating inside look at the Fab Four's 1964 movie."—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The group's exuberance back in the day has rarely been better conveyed."—Evening Standard
About the Author
Mark Lewisohn was born in London in 1958. He is widely considered the world’s leading historian and authority on The Beatles, a reputation that began in his years as a researcher for other writers and was confirmed in 1986 when he authored The Beatles Live!—a diary-like account of the group as stage performers. Since then he has written several further books on the group, including Recording Sessions and the New York Times bestselling Tune In, the first volume in his independent biographical history The Beatles: All These Years. He is presently at work on volume two.
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The film stills are ordered in the approximate sequence where they occurred in the movie as you page thoughtfully through the book. These are interspersed with many alternate or between the takes scenes as well as interesting memorabilia and lyric sheets of most of the songs featured in the movie. Many pics are full page or nearly so and some are in color! Reproductions of certain documents or news articles show you line item totals for the production budget, newspaper articles, magazine covers that will rekindle memories, letters from fans and that William F Buckley Jr op-ed that concluded, "The Beatles are not merely awful...they are godawful...unbelievably horrible, so appallingly unmusical..." well you get the gist! On the other hand, a reproduction of the actual AP teletype advance review of AHDN dated on July 30, 1964 and written by Bob Thomas gushed, "The surprise is that it is good...It shows that the quartet may be with us a long time, not as freaks but as unqualified entertainers."
284 large sized pages showcased on thick glossy stock with superb attention to detail, informative introductions and occasional captions supplied by renowned Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn, with glorious imagery of the Fab Four in their madcap heyday all beg for coveted ownership and a great, memorable gift to surprise and delight the Beatles fan in your life.
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Lots of behind-the-scenes pictures as well.
There are pull outs of the movie memorabilia (eg. small poster of the movie poster) and Beatlemania items as well.
Overall, this is one of the best Beatles' books I have ever purchased. Now, if they can do one on "Help!", I will be "ecstatic.
However, the real bones of this book come from the private archives of the Producer, Walter Shenson. The bulk of the book contains photographs, along with original press clippings, pages from the script, fan letters and more. This is an interesting visual record of the film and, although I had seen many of the photographs before, there are some unreleased ones. I especially enjoyed all the little extras – the letters, news stories and clippings, which gave you a real sense of the period.
One of the things I really enjoyed about the DVD of “A Hard Day’s Night,” when it was re-released, were the interviews with all the people who worked on it – from fellow actors to those who did hair and sound. It would have been lovely to have had some interviews with those associated with the film in this book, but sadly these were not included. This is much more a visual record and it is beautifully designed, with good quality paper and many of the extra pieces, such as letters, on thick, weaved cloth like paper, which are inserted at intervals into the book.
Overall, though, although this is a beautiful addition to my Beatles bookshelves, it is certainly not a ‘must have.’ I await the second volume of Lewisohn’s biography of the Beatles for the real story of, “A Hard Day’s Night.” If you are unsure about whether to buy this or not, it might be worth waiting to see if a cheaper edition is produced.