29 December 2011
192 pages, It Books (March 22, 2011)
An intimate, revealing look at the legendary band, documented in a series of personal, never-before-seen photographs taken during "The Beatles"' three US 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 US tours, 1964, 1965, and 1966.
While on the road with the Fab Four, "Bob 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. "Bob 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.