The Bob Bonis Archive at Andaz West Hollywood
The lost photographs of the Beatles and Rolling Stones that were taken by former tour manager Bob Bonis at the start of the British Invasion between 1964 and 1966, are now on display at Andaz West Hollywood through December.
The negatives were kept private for almost 50 years until Bonis’s son, Alex, chose to make them available to the public. Serving as tour manager for all three of the Beatles’ U.S. Tours and for five of the Rolling Stones’ U.S. Tours, Bonis has cemented himself in rock n’ roll history. These iconic photographs follow the rise of two of the greatest rock bands of all time, giving viewers an inside-look into their true origins.
Andaz West Hollywood, formerly known as the Hyatt on Sunset, or the Riot Hyatt, holds a special place in the hearts of rock fans and stars alike.
“John Bonham drove his motorcycle through the hallway, Keith Richards threw his television through the window and onto Sunset Blvd…,” said Archive Curator Larry Marion. “The hotel is just full of rock and roll history.”
The hotel was also heavily featured in the 1984 film, This Is Spinal Tap, and the 2000 film, Almost Famous. Its location on the Sunset Strip lends directly to its historical significance in the context of rock n’ roll. Packed in with venues like the Whiskey A Go-Go, the Roxy Theatre, and The Viper Room, it is no surprise that it became the number one destination for rock stars spending the night on the strip.
Limited-edition prints of all the photos are available for purchase for collectors looking to own a piece of rock history. The archive has been officially endorsed by The Grammy Museum and each purchase comes with a Certificate of Authenticity to affirm that the prints come directly from the original negatives. The Bob Bonis Archive has committed itself to the accessibility of Bonis’s art by pricing the photographs lower than the typical market price for fine-art pieces. The Bob Bonis Exhibit at Andaz West Hollywood will be open through December as part of the hotel’s many rotating art programs.
For more information on the exhibit and how you can purchase your own Bob Bonis limited edition photograph, go to www.bobbonis.com.
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