Monday, November 21, 2016

Genesis Publications Announce the Publication of Hello Goodbye: The Beatles in Tokyo 1966

Exciting news for fans of the Fab Four (and who isn't?). Here is a media release that just landed in my inbox...Wouldn't you love to get this under the Christmas Tree next month?

Genesis Publications announce the publication of
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ inaugural visit to Tokyo in 1966, Genesis Publications announces a new volume of rare photos which intimately capture this fleeting time in the band’s final tour, painting a poignant image of their visit to Japan.
“This is a side of The Beatles – relaxed, comfortable and intrigued by a world that, for them, was new and exotic – that we don’t often see. And thanks to Asai, we are virtually in the suite with them.” – Allan Kozinn (from his introduction)

November 21, 2016 - HELLO, GOODBYE: THE BEATLES IN TOKYO, 1966 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ visit to Japan on their final world tour. Taken by Japanese photographer Shimpei Asai, who was the only Japanese photographer to have gained access to The Beatles in Tokyo, these photos of the band have remained unknown to most outside Japan. 
Following The Beatles from their arrival at Haneda airport, Tokyo, to their departure for the Philippines, Asai captures everything from their hotel rooms to their live performances, in an intimate portrait of the Fab Four near the end of their touring years. HELLO, GOODBYE offers a unique glimpse into the band’s visit to Japan, capturing their attempts to escape their hotel room to see Tokyo, and the controversy of their being the first rock act to perform at the tradition venue, the Nippon Budokan.
Interspersed throughout his photographs, are vignettes from Shimpei Asai, recalling the experience of photographing the Fab Four, and the atmosphere of their live shows.
“I first heard The Beatles accidentally on the radio. I had a feeling I had never experienced before. I was just stunned. I pulled over in my car and stopped by the road, and for a while I stared at the leaves of the trees trembling in the breeze.”
- Shimpei Asai
“The same thing will never happen to another group. Four personalities, their music, Brian Epstein and the staff who supported them, and the strong energy of fans made The Beatles.”
- Shimpei Asai

HELLO, GOODBYE: THE BEATLES IN TOKYO, 1966 is introduced with an essay by journalist and author Allan Kozinn, who considers the historical significance of The Beatles' visit, and the turning point they were about to reach with the release of Revolver.

“When The Beatles left England on 23 June, the album was still unnamed. Revolver was a contender, along with 'Abracadabra' and 'The Beatles on Safari'. It was in Tokyo, during the endless hours they sat in their suite at the Hilton, that they finally settled the matter, and on 2 July they cabled their decision to EMI in London.”
A limited edition of fine art prints is also
being made available
- Allan Kozinn (from his Introduction)

“A young photographer whose eye, and lens, caught both the public grandeur and intimate minutia of The Beatles' Japanese visit.”
- Allan Kozinn (from his Introduction)
HELLO, GOODBYE: THE BEATLES IN TOKYO, 1966 is quarter-bound in leather, and comes in a slipcase printed with a traditional kimono pattern. The Beatles’ time in Tokyo is told over 204 pages, all printed on art papers, at 25cm x 30cm (9.8 inches x 11.8 inches). A ribbon bookmark with a facsimile ticket is included. Printed on art papers, at 25cm x 30cm (9.8 inches x 11.8 inches).

This hand-crafted limited edition book is now available to order. Copies are numbered from 1 to 1,966, to commemorate the year of The Beatles' visit to Tokyo, and each book is signed by the author. The cover is black buckram, silk-screen printed and gold-foiled with Asai's beautiful photo of The Beatles onstage at the Nippon Budokan, and comes in a slipcase printed with a traditional Japanese kimono pattern, and a logo type design inspired by the tickets from The Beatles 1966 shows.
HELLO, GOODBYE: THE BEATLES IN TOKYO, 1966 is now exclusively available to order at WWW.HELLO-GOODBYE-BOOK.COM

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