And what better way to celebrate in Sydney, Australia than with a huge record fair in the inner-city suburb of Glebe:
Many of the city’s best new and second-hand record stores and dealers were well represented:
As you can see it was very well attended and there was a sense of frenzy in the air as collectors streamed in throughout the day to try to find the best bargains – and those elusive collectors items. There was plenty of Beatles material on offer:
I was able to pick up a couple of Beatles and Beatles-related items I’d been hankering after for some time plus, just as I was leaving, this unexpected little gem:
It’s an original paperback novel based on the original screenplay for the Beatlesfirst motion picture “A Hard Day’s Night”. It is an Australian edition, printed in 1964 and it is in pretty good condition considering it’s almost fifty years old. Inside the pages are fairly yellowed by the years, but the spine is almost perfectly intact. As well as the central storyline of “A Hard Day’s Night” told as a novel there are eight pages of photographs taken during the filming of the movie:
It’s interesting to note (on both the front and rear covers) that when it first came out the book would have cost fans 4/6 (that’s four Shillings and Sixpence) to buy. Back then that was about 46 cents.