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A wonderful 178 page book depicting The Beatles’ visits to Bournemouth and the surrounding area compiled by Nick Churchill, a journalist who has spent over 25 years working in and around Bournemouth.
There are some fascinating photographs included from their week of shows at the Gaumont in August 1963 (incidentally, outside of London this is where The Beatles played the most theatre shows during their career).
The With The Beatles album sleeve was also photographed here, at the Palace Court Hotel, and of course John bought his Aunt Mimi a house in Sandbanks, just outside of Bournemouth. All of this is wonderfully documented, including accompanying photographs and memorabilia. The chapter on Aunt Mimi is particularly fascinating – something I have not seen in any previous Beatle book. It includes a wonderful colour shot of John, Mimi and Julian at Sandbanks Ferry terminal.
The book moves on to solo Beatles performances in Bournemouth, from Paul McCartney and Wings in 1973, right up to the present day with Ringo’s recent gig there earlier this year.
All in all a new Beatle book that will please readers, particularly those local to Dorset and those who want to know more about Mimi (for me these pieces are the most interesting, which also include personal letters from Mimi to fans, after John’s passing).
There are some wonderful unseen photographs of The Beatles both as a group and solo artists, in this book.
Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Beatles & Bournemouth is available to order now from www.beatlesandbournemouth.com