On Tour . . . with the Beatles!

What luck that Bob Bonis, who managed the Beatles in the mid-60s and organized their historic U.S. tours, had the foresight to bring along a Leica M3 camera. The resulting images, never published during his lifetime, shed intimate new light on John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s Stateside invasion.

Text by Alex Bonis

Photographs by Bob Bonis

George Harrison warming up backstage before a performance in Philadelphia, August 16, 1966.

The Beatles poolside in Bel Air, August 1964.

Introduction from The Lost Beatles Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive, 1964–1966, by Larry Marion, published by It Books on March 22, 2011.

Although I was not born until years after these photographs were taken, I grew up with them around my home. A few of them seemed to be permanent fixtures on the walls of my house, while others rotated as my father would swap them for different ones from time to time, depending on his mood. But my dad never moved the one of George Harrison tuning his Epiphone Casino backstage at a 1966 show in Philadelphia. It always stayed in the same place in his office. To me these pictures were just shots that my dad took, which hung next to family photographs.

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