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5.0 out of 5 stars More Gems From The Bob Bonis Archive..., 16 April 2011
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This review is from: The Lost Beatles Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive, 1964-1966 (Hardcover)
Another wonderful collection of previously unpublished photographs by the late Bob Bonis finally receives its long-overdue release.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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Beatles Photographs, 6 Dec. 2011
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S Riaz "S Riaz" (England) - See all my reviews
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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'. I am not sure I believe they spent quite as much time playing Monopoly as he asserts, but they certainly coped very well with tours which were exhausting and in which the only privacy was found locked in their rooms. This book is a good record of those times and of great interest to fans. I am glad the phtographs have been made available.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures, 27 Nov. 2011
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L. C. De Ruijter "Caroline" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Lost Beatles Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive, 1964-1966 (Hardcover)
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good collection, 11 Aug. 2011
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unseen Beatle photo gems, 17 July 2011
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Melissa D. Brown (Mount Pleasant,NSW,Australia) - See all my reviews
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fair for the price, 22 Jun. 2011
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Marcelo Piccoli "Piccoli" (Brussels, Belgium) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 21 Feb. 2014
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This was a present for someone and I wasn't. Disappointed. It was a hard backed booked. Well packed but took a little longer to be delivered than expected. Very satisfied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Beatles Photographs, 29 Dec. 2013
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I bought this great book as a Christmas pressie for someone else. They loved it and have added it to their ever-growing collection of Beatles books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb pictures, 10 Oct. 2013
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Brilliant set of new pictures that makes you realise they really were "just people", doing what they felt they "had" to do, at a particular time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, 4 Mar. 2013
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E. Hook "Eish" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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bought as gift for my husband who is a massive John Lennon fan- loves it - arrived in good time and well packaged
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