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The Lost Beatles Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive, 1964-1966 Hardcover – March 22, 2011
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
There is a good mix of everything: photo, scan and story, that lend a very balanced feel to this.
Larry Marion did a fine job putting this book together, a real tribute to the talented photographer, Bob Bonis, and to The Beatles.
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!
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.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. The photographs are great with some super rare ones included. A good addition to any Beatles book collectors.Published 1 month ago by T. Ramsey
If you are a true Beatles fan and have a lot of books don't expect any photographs you have not already seen or have. I could have provided photographs to the author.Published 5 months ago by John'sGirl
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I love seeing photos of the young Fabs. They factored so heavily into my young life. Still love them!Published 8 months ago by Jeanne McCombs