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ASAI Shimpei. Beatles Tokyo : 100 Jikan no Roman (1966)

ASAI Shimpei. Beatles Tokyo : 100 Jikan no Roman (The Beatles in Tokyo: A 100-hour Saga). Nagoya: Chuubu Nihon Housou (CBC), nd [1966]. First edition, first and only printing. — AVAILABLE: see STOCKLIST for pricing

Description — 4° (29,5 x 21 x 0,5 cm), (80) p., 250 g.
Pict. softcover, color and b&w pictures. Comments in Japanese by Shinichi KUSAMORI.
Broché, couv. souple ill., photographies coul. et n&b. Commentaires en japonais par KUSAMORI Shinichi.

État / Condition — VG (light wear to cover).
TB (menus défauts à la couv.).

Remarques & avis / ReviewShimpei ASAI was the only official photographer during the Beatles' stay in Tokyo (29/06-03/07/1966) for their mythical concert at the Budokan, and had access to their hotel rooms. Thus was made Shimpei ASAI's first photobook and the legendary Beatles Tokyo, in a photo-documentary approach, where we follow the Beatles out of the airplane, to their rooms and face-to-face, their meals and their remains, playing with Japanese theater masks, etc., with comments by the Japanese critic KUSAMORI Shinichi (1938-2008). Fine pictures of the Beatles, in group, on stage, in their hotel rooms, superb individual portraits, details, and excellent layout and printing.
A facsimile, now also rare and sought-after, was printed in 1976, which a few hints tell apart from the rarer present first edition. A new monochrome edition, revised and augmented with texts, was published in 1995 by the Japan Times editions.
A mythical photobook, and a precious testimony.

ASAI Shimpei fut le seul photographe officiel lors du séjour des Beatles à Tokyo (29/06-03/07/1966) pour leur mythique concert au Budokan, et eut accès à leurs chambres d'hôtel. Ainsi parut son premier livre de photographies, et légendaire Beatles Tokyo, sur le mode photo-documentaire, où l'on suit les Beatles à la sortie de l'avion, en chambre et face-à-face, leurs repas et leurs restes, etc., accompagné d'un commentaire par le critique japonais KUSAMORI Shinichi (1938-2008). Beaux clichés des Beatles, en groupe, en scène, en chambre, superbes portraits individuels, détails, et excellente maquette et impression.
Un fac-simile, aujourd'hui rare et recherché, fut publié en 1976, que quelques menus indices distinguent de la présente édition originale, plus rare encore. Une nouvelle édition en monochrome, revue et augmentée de textes, parut en 1995 aux éditions du Japan Times.
Un ouvrage mythique, et précieux témoignage.

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ASAI Shimpei. Beatles Tokyo : 100 Jikan no Roman (1976)

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