While drawing links between Bournemouth and the biggest pop band the world has ever known at first seems tenuous, did you know the Beatles played more theatre shows at Bournemouth Gaumont that any other concert venue in the UK outside of London? That the first appearance of the band on American TV was filmed in the town’s Winter Gardens? John Lennon even bought his dear Aunt Mimi a home in nearby Sandbanks.
Author Nick Churchill, a reporter for the Bournemouth Daily Echo for more than 25 years (not quite true, but it was a long time! –NC), reveals this and more in his thoroughly researched biography, Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Beatles & Bournemouth. Churchill is clearly a fan of the Fab Four to have been inspired to write this history, but is never sycophantic. The book is brimming with facts and figures documenting the rise and fall of the band and how a seaside resort acted as a backdrop along the way.
However, Yeah Yeah Yeah is not a dry, paperweight of a tome. Rather it is elegantly written and never loses its train of thought amongst the vastness of its sprawling subject. It is also broken up with many previously unpublished pictures of The Beatles and you can even dip in and out as you like and enjoy the wealth of information resigned to the side panels, such as the band’s further travels in Dorset and their rivalry with The Kinks.
Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Beatles & Bournemouth is available to order from www.beatlesandbournemouth.com. It would make a great Christmas present!