Paul McCartney, left, is seen in a rare undated photo with fellow Beatle John Lennon. The image is part of an exhibit by Andaz West Hollywood art gallery (Bob Bonis Archive).
LOS ANGELES - The Andaz West Hollywood Hotel is now exhbiting rare photographs from The Bob Bonis Archive, in association with Gallery Schuster of Berlin. On display will be a collection of limited edition photographs by Bob Bonis, former US Tour Manager of the Rolling Stones and The Beatles during their first tours of America, featuring intimate and unguarded photos of both groups, many previously unseen. The photographs will be on display at Andaz West Hollywood through December as part of the hotel's rotating art program.
Curated from a cache of 5,000 mostly unpublished photographs, the Bob Bonis Archive contains uniquely personal photographs of the Rolling Stones and The Beatles taken between 1964 and 1966. Kept private by Bonis, who passed away in 1992, the photos were uncovered by his son Alex nearly 50 years after they were taken, and were first made available for public purchase in early 2015 as limited edition, Grammy Museum-certified, fine-art prints. Select photographs will be available for purchase for a limited time at Andaz West Hollywood.
"Andaz West Hollywood has a long rock and roll history on The Sunset Strip. Some of the most legendary rock parties happened here. Most notably, Keith Richards famously hurled a television onto the Sunset Strip. We try to honor that history and carry on that energy in the hotel today," said Andaz West Hollywood General Manager Lin Schatz.
"Teaming with the legendary rock and roll pedigree of the Andaz allows us to open up the work to visitors from all around the world - people who also love and appreciate a time when rock stars ruled the world. Now, through the Archive's unique "Art Accessibility" platform, collectors and fans alike can own rare, limited edition pieces from that time and get a glimpse what of the Archive has to offer, via the Andaz West Hollywood exhibition," said Larry Marion, curator of the Bob Bonis Archive. Kurt Benjamin, a managing partner of Rare Photo Archives, which represents The Bob Bonis Archive, added: "These photographs capture the most important period, The British Invasion, heralded by the arrival in America of the two most important bands in rock history."