Friday, 22 June 2012
The Beatles - Now These Days Are Gone
THE BEATLES Now These Days Are Gone (Fantastic 2006 UK Genesis Publications 256-page numbered limited edition superior quality book featuring previously unpublished photographs by Michael Peto, printed & hand bound in Milan on 200gsm matt-art stock. The photographs are reproduced in duotone with image varnishing & the text is printed in three separate inks, signed by Sir Alan Langlands - Yet another magnificent book to the high quality we have come to expect from Genesis)
When photojournalist Michael Peto died in 1970, he left the University of Dundee an incredible collection of 130,000 prints and negatives. Two years ago, while archiving the collection, the University found hundreds of photographs of the most influential band in history, none of which had ever been published before.
All the photos were taken in 1965 while The Beatles were shooting their second feature film, Help! Michael Peto was working for The Observer Sunday newspaper - then the UK's most prestigious publication for photojournalists. His position there ensured considerable access to The Beatles over the course of a year.
The book features Over 250 rare and unpublished images of The Beatles taken in 1965 at the height of their fame.
Renowned music journalist Paolo Hewitt contributes an essay reflecting on the pivotal importance of 1965 in Beatle history, while Professor Jim Tomlinson of the University of Dundee provides a deeper insight into the historical context of The Beatles' success.
Acclaimed photographer Colin Jones writes the book's Foreword.
Numbers 1-350 of the edition are 'Deluxe' copies, bound in full leather. These copies come with a set of three prints, suitable for framing, not included elsewhere in the book, the only photos of The Beatles that Michael Peto took in 1966. The prints feature John Lennon with legendary British comic Peter Cook filming a short sketch for the television series Not Only... But Also.
Deluxe copies are also signed by Richard Lester, the director of A Hard Day's Night and Help!
All copies are gold-blocked on the spine and front board, and are housed in a red slipcase inset with four portraits of The Beatles.
NOW THESE DAYS ARE GONE contains 256 pages (315mm x 268mm), printed and hand-bound in Milan on 200gsm matt-art stock. The photographs are reproduced in duotone with image varnishing, and the text is printed in three separate inks.
Every copy in the edition is signed by the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee, Sir Alan Langlands.