Genesis Beatles Books
Special limited edition book titles hold a particular fascination with me as a collector. There is a pride in being able to obtain a release that only a few other people may have access to in their personal collections. However, personally, there is also a feeling of guilt when you realize that others would love to be able to own the particular title yet may not have the financial resources to be able to purchase a copy. The trouble with many of these limited edition books is that they sell out quickly and the prices only increase in collecting circles as time passes by. That is why I use the behavior pattern of acting quickly when I see a limited book edition being issued, because even if it presents a financial strain at that time, it would be far worse later if I did not act and wanted to purchase the book once it was sold out!
The company that popularized the signed limited edition books was Genesis Publications. The late Brian Roylance made an agreement with Beatles George Harrison to publish his book “I Me Mine” in the 70’s and then Beatles-related limited edition books became in vogue. Genesis Publications over the years has issued over 30 books with a Beatles-related connection.
I make an honest attempt to add all Beatles-related Genesis titles to my book collection when I can. Hope you will enjoy this post of the Genesis titles that have a direct Beatles connection. This post will be presented in 2 parts. Also, please be advised that the books are not presented in the order they were chronologically released!
Mike McCartney’s Genesis book (above) features many previously unseen photos, including a very rare Quarrymen color photo.
Raga Mala-the Autobiography of Sitar Master, Ravi Shankar!
An excellent Beatles-related photography book by Michael Ward
Eric Idle, a member of Monty Python and a close friend of George Harrison-memoirs
One of two Ringo Genesis photo books
Wonderful stories and photos of the Beatles in Germany featuring the signatures of Tony Sheridan and noted German photographer, Günter Zint.
One of my favorite Genesis titles features the photography of Michael Cooper, who took the cover photos of the Beatles “Sgt. Pepper” album and the Stones “Satanic Majesties Request” LP
Jurgen Vollmer, who has been credited for the original Beatles haircut has this wonderful Genesis title of his excellent photos
A fantastic photo book from Astrid Kirchherr and Max Scheler
Another wonderful book about the Beatles in Germany from 2 of the Beatles’ close friends, Astrid Kirchherr and Klaus Voormann. Astrid was of course to become the love interest of Stu Sutcliffe, before he so tragically passed away
Excellent photos of the Beatles in Japan from 1966
An excellent compilation of the works of artist, Yoko Ono
Fabulous photos of the late Curt Gunther
Another excellent Beatles photography book by Michael Peto
An excellent compilation of the work of artist, Stu Sutcliffe compiled by Stu’s sister, Pauline, and Kay Williams
Many wonderful photos of the super band organized by George Harrison. Book signed by Wilbury, Jeff Lynne!
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