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New photo book captures height of Beatlemania

Photographer Curt Gunther shares his intimate images of The Beatles with the world.

Of all the special dates in Beatles history, April 4, 1964, ranks among the most important. It was on that day that The Beatles’ invasion of America truly took over the country. In an unprecedented show of dominance, The Beatles occupied all of the top five spots on the U.S. singles chart for the week of April 4, 1964.

Photographer Curt Gunther was around to witness the amazing achievement.

Given exclusive access to the Fab Four, Gunther captured forever the band at the height of its popularity, when singles “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Twist & Shout,” “She Loves You,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “Please Please Me” bested all comers.

His intimate images are included in the new book “ The Beatles: Mania Days — photographs by Curt Gunther.”

All the excitement of the time is found in Gunther’s reportage-style photographs of The Beatles, which show them onstage, backstage, meeting with their fans and the press, relaxing and traveling between gigs.

The images also coincide with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Dhani Harrison (George Harrison’s son) who played this year’s Coachella Festival April 18.