Book review of ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Beatles and Bournemouth’

Nick Churchill
“Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Beatles And Bournemouth”
Natula Publications
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By Gillian G. Gaar

At first glance, there wouldn’t seem to be a lot of connections between The Beatles and the English seaside town of Bournemouth. But Nick Churchill, a journalist at Bournemouth’s “Daily Echo,” has been able to unearth a number of them.

Yeah Yeah Yeah The Beatles At BournemouthKey to the book’s premise is that The Beatles played more theater shows in Bournemouth than any other similarly-sized venue in the U.K., outside of London. Churchill’s been able to tap the photo files of the “Daily Echo,” and come up with a number of previously unpublished shots; there are also reproductions of press clippings and other ephemera. And there are numerous anecdotes from people who attended the shows, worked at the theaters or were on the bill.

Among the interesting tidbits: Footage of The Beatles in performance at Bournemouth’s Winter Gardens was the first film of the group seen in the U.S., broadcast on the “CBS Morning News” on Nov. 22, 1963 (more was scheduled to run that night, but by then coverage was devoted to the Kennedy assassination).

The cover for “With The Beatles” was shot at a Bournemouth hotel. John Lennon bought his aunt Mimi a house in the town, and there are numerous shots and stories about her. Most intriguingly, the daughter of the soundman at Gaumont theater reveals that her father made an excellent recording of the group in concert, the tape now owned by Apple Corps.
There are lot of fun facts and trivia in this book, especially for those interested in the group’s early years of fame. The book, as well as photo prints, can be ordered from www.beatlesandbournemouth.com

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