Beatles ‘Life’ Issue Returned to Library After 50 Years
A Beatles fan living in the Cleveland area has returned a 1968 issue of Life that featured the band on its cover to the library from which it was stolen, and also included a late fee.
"To the Beatles fan who 'borrowed' this copy of Life magazine in 1968," the Cuyahoga County Public Library posted on Facebook. "Thank you for returning it this week and clearing your conscience. 😇 😂 #overdue #betterlatethannever #TheBeatles #LifeMagazine"
The library posted a picture of the Sept. 13, 1968 issue, a MoneyGram for $100 and a typewritten letter that reads, "Hello, I stole this magazine from the Parma Ridge Road Library when I was a kid. I'm sorry I took it. I've enclosed a check for the late fee."
The cover story, titled "The Days in the Lives of the Beatles: They Call It Their Authentic Biography," was written by Hunter Davies, and was the first installment of a two-part excerpt from Davies' The Beatles: The Authorized Biography, which was first published in August 1968.
The story covers the Beatles' childhoods, formation and woodshedding days in Hamburg and the Cavern Club up through their Oct. 11, 1963, slot on the Sunday Night at the London Palladium variety show. Shortly after that, the word "Beatlemania" appeared in the British press for the first time to describe the reaction of the group's fans.
Also included in the Life issue are an essay about the upcoming election, reporting on an earthquake in Iran, a story about the musical career of Detroit Tigers pitcher Denny McLain and a piece by a Metropolitan Opera Company singer complaining about the difficulties in performing "The Star-Spangled Banner."