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“Striking in their intimacy.” (Rolling Stone)

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An intimate, revealing look at the legendary band, documented in a series of personal, never-before-seen photographs taken during The Beatles' three U.S. tours—the largest single trove of such important unknown rock photographs ever uncovered

In the early 1960s, four working-class lads from Liverpool invaded America, igniting a cultural revolution that would transform a generation and change the world. During that time, few were closer to The Beatles than Bob Bonis, the tour manager for all three U.S. tours, 1964, 1965, and 1966. While on the road with the Fab Four, Bonis, a passionate amateur photographer with a keen eye, an innate sense of composition, and a deep love for his subjects, snapped some nine hundred photographs of the band—a remarkable collection that until now has only been known to family and close friends.

Unearthed after forty-five years, the photos that comprise The Lost Beatles Photographs form a groundbreaking portrait of the most iconic band of the twentieth century at a pivotal time in their career, conquering America. Bonis's photos offer fans unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to The Beatles during their breakthrough moments on the world stage, from rehearsing backstage to stellar performances in concert. Here are John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr in casual moments, in rehearsal, in concert, in dressing rooms, on vacation, at press events, on the road. Funny, surprising, provocative, beautiful, these photos recall an unforgettable period in history and offer a fresh look at these legends at the beginning of their fame.

Whether you're a devoted aficionado or just discovering the Fab Four, The Lost Beatles Photographs is a remarkable addition to Beatle lore and a must-have for every fan.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061960780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061960789
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Though the new photos aren't phenomenal (though some really are) I find that the back stories behind them is all the more interesting. We learn about the photographer and his relations to The Beatles and even how his son felt growing up with select photos as big a part of their collection as family portraits. Included are scans of not only various tickets, but also staff badges and all other things the guys behind the band were issued. It's neat to see all this as it really does help to ground this man in his little bit of Beatle history.

There is a good mix of everything: photo, scan and story, that lend a very balanced feel to this.
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I received The Lost Beatles Photographs, last week (pre-ordered from Amazon) and it really takes me back to their touring 'hay days'. I remember seeing a few of the pictures, in the teen magazines ('64' '65 '66) but this book is chock full of unseen photographs and wonderful memories of The Fab Four. I highly recommend this beautiful, hard cover, collector's delight.
Larry Marion did a fine job putting this book together, a real tribute to the talented photographer, Bob Bonis, and to The Beatles.
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Not just a book of candid pix taken by a beloved employee...also a chance to see a youthful innocence that the group still had in the early years. Enjoy the intimacy and camaraderie, along with the incredible memorabilia that enhance the text. Bob took the pictures and Larry Marion does the research to write the back story. Incredible!
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If you are fan of The Beatles, then this book is a must have for you. What makes this book a must have is that these photos have never been seen or published before. Most Beatles books that have been published in the last 20 years contain the same photos we have been seeing over and over for the last 20 years. What also makes this book interesting is that the photographer Bob Bonis was a nonprofessional photographer, he was just their American tour manager, but I would say his photos are as good as Robert Freeman's or Robert Whitaker's who were professional photographers and both published their own Beatles Photo Books.I am very thankful to Bob Bonis' family for sharing these pictures with the world as Bob passed away in 1992 and never released them himself. This book is well worth a Beatles Fan's time, attention and money. A Splendid Time is Guaranteed when you look through it.
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This book is ideal for Beatle fans and is a wonderful collection to your Beatles' library.

The photographs are excellent and I loved the stories behind the scenes. Readers learn about the man who took the pictures and his connection with the Beatles. In addition to the pictures of the Beatles themselves, readers get to see photographs of ticket stubs and concert venues. It's like taking a Magical Mystery Tour (oops, that's a 1967 song that postdates concerts) backstage with the Fab Four. I just love this book and the way it gives you a bird's eye view of what took place in concert venues.

I give this book a hearty YEAH, YEAH, YEAH!
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Excellent!

Not only are the photographs terrific -- for one who was there at the time, it's just like having been there at the time -- but the text is also: provides not only dates, locations, and venues of concerts (an "Appendix" gives a full list of concert dates and locations, a most successful operation), but also names and photos of the acts that were on the bill with them (i.e., on the bill with The Beatles; "Them" was an Irish band lead by Van Morrison that wasn't on the bill with them), details of tour arrangements, and, in many instances, set-lists.

I remember the contemporaneous news reports of the details (because I was there at the time); as example, Kansas City, MO was not originally on the list of cities they would play; but, as result of an amazing offer that even I couldn't have refused (had I been offered it, which I wasn't), Kansas City was added. And, in response to the request of the person paying for the appearance (the Kansas City Athletics sports team owner) that they (The Beatles; "They" weren't on the bill either) play a longer set, which request they refused, they did add an additional song for that concert: "Kansas City-Hey Hey Hey Hey".

You'll have to read it for yourselves and yourselves (because there's more than one of yourselves) for all the details; but I will give one that brings back the memory (as a memory) of it: the Kansas City concert earned them (i.e., The Beatles) $4,838 per minute. That was a lot of money even then!

You won't know what you missed if you miss this (except that you missed it); and will be nagged by the memory that you missed it, and that you don't know what you missed. So don't miss it.
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Larry Marion's new book of Bob Bonis' photographs is a treasure-trove of intimate and funny photos, ticket stubs and other interesting memorabilia, and insightful and well-written commentary. Larry Marion's tight prose gives the moments captured a vivid immediacy that is entirely appropriate for its subject matter: a band that has been part of our lives for almost 50 years.
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I was really disappointed with the images in this book. Bob Bonis was a touring manager for the Beatles. During that time, he had some opportunities to take pictures of the band while performing, recording, rehearsing, etc. His images were made into prints and sold on ebay starting at about $175.00.

Here's my beef: a lot of the images are blurry, a few look like accidents and only a couple might be worth framing. It just doesn't add up to much, despite the low price. I was hoping for something better. Bonis' son found these pictures in the family attic. I would suggest that Bob wanted them to stay there, or wanted the images to just be shared with family. But not a wide audience. They're just not professional enough to warrant publication.

So maybe the printing process was poorly done, or Bob Bonis was just shooting snapshots of the Beatles for memories. Either way, it didn't quite add up. I didn't see much evidence of photo editing or retouching, so it really fell short of my expectations. On the other side of the spectrum, Kaleidoscope Eyes: A Day in the Life of Sgt. Pepper. The Photography of Henry Grossman, photographed by Henry Grossman, is a real treat. But it'll cost you around $500.00 (US).
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