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The Lost Beatles Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive, 1964-1966 [Hardcover]

Larry Marion
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10 April 2011
Larry Marion’s The Lost Beatles Photographs is a milestone for rock and roll collecting: the largest trove of never-before-seen rock photographs ever uncovered reveals the Fab Four on their earliest American tours during the 1960s. Selected from a cache of intimate, behind-the-scenes snapshots taken by Bob Bonis—the US tour manager for the boys from Liverpool as well as the Rolling Stones and other British Invasion bands—The Lost Beatles Photographs reveals the casual, human side of a young John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Presented by Larry Marion, owner of New York’s Not Fade Away Gallery and curator of the acclaimed exhibit “The British Are Coming: The Beatles and The Rolling Stones 1964-66,” this one-of-a-kind book gives a priceless window into the off-stage personalities of the world’s greatest rock band.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (10 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061960780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061960789
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 23.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars More Gems From The Bob Bonis Archive... 16 April 2011
By Chankos
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Another wonderful collection of previously unpublished photographs by the late Bob Bonis finally receives its long-overdue release. This Beatles volume documents the same time period of '64-'66 as covered in his recently published Stones book.

Bonis was The Beatles' US Tour Manager, which afforded him exclusive backstage access and the opportunity to snap away pretty much as he wished with his Leica M3. Bonis kept these shots for his own pleasure and never published them during his lifetime, so many of these images will be new to even the most die-hard Beatles fans.

Copious amounts of fantastic live shots are featured here alongside wonderfully intimate backstage moments. My new favourite picture of John and Paul is on page 77, where they're intently tuning up backstage on the '66 tour. Atmospheric colour shots from Memphis, Tennessee on the same tour are also highlights. If any further evidence was needed, these confirm that The Beatles were indeed the coolest-looking guys on earth in 1966. We are also treated to rare glimpses of the late Mal Evans and Derek Taylor on the '64 tour, and fantastic colour studies of Ringo from the same period.

Looking at these pictures, it's hard not to feel sorry that Bonis' association with The Beatles ended once they'd stopped touring. Do yourself a favour and buy this lovely collection whilst it's in hardback. Amidst the constant deluge of "new" Beatles books, this is a genuinely worthy addition to the canon and an indispensible purchase for any self-respecting fan of The Fabs.

RIP, Bob.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Beatles Photographs 6 Dec 2011
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Bob Bonis was the US tour manager for both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones (there is a collection of Stones photographs in his book The Lost Rolling Stones Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive, 1964-1966). He accompanied the Beatles on all their US tours and was able to take some wonderful photographs, which his son has decided to publish for everyone to see, as previously Bob Bonis had only allowed a few to be made available in print.

As most of the photographs were taken on tour, they are almost all of concerts, backstage and on planes, although there are a few taken by a pool, in a rare moment of relaxation. There are some lovely photographs here - I particularly like the one of Paul grimacing as he hits a wrong note and a beautiful harmony shot of Paul and George in Cincinnati. There are also lots of interesting information on the tours - the fact that the Beatles only the barest requirements in dressing rooms, which seems almost unbelievable in these days of celebrity excess and the rather unbelievable comment by Mr Bonis that the Beatles refused to touch women brought to their hotel after concerts... Also illuminating is the comment that when the Beatles were offered a large amount to play Kansas City on their day off, it was John who agreed to do whatever Brian suggested, which goes against the general consensus that John would be the one to refuse such a request. He does manage to have his tie askew in many concert photographs, his own little personal rebellion in this very difficult and confining situation.

Bob Bonis was a very private man, who never attempted to make a profit out of his association with the Beatles or 'dish the dirt'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures 27 Nov 2011
My 18 year old daughter is a girl who was born to late. She should have been born in the time of the Beatles and is one of the greatest fans. I bought her this book after she had to stay in the hospital. It was spot on. The pictures are great. This is a book for all the Beatles fans and also for the people who are not fans but who enjoy beautiful pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good collection 11 Aug 2011
By Palmynz
As with most of us I thought I had seen most photo's of the Beatles, this is well put together and a lovely collection to add to the bookshelf. Get it while its in hardback, you won't be dissapointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unseen Beatle photo gems 17 July 2011
Just when you think there is nothing new to see about The Beatles,something different yet again turns up.There were some particularly candid shots of George that I hadn't seen before.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fair for the price 22 Jun 2011
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The images are mostly new to me, however rather simillar to shots we've all seen in the past.

Still a good collection and good value for its price.
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