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The Lost Beatles Photographs,
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This review is from: The Lost Beatles Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive, 1964-1966 (Hardcover)
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.