Nineteen-year-old Jessica Cimmiyotti says that as a fan she likes buying Beatles items online. But her latest purchase had a little something she didn’t expect. She recently bought seven Beatles books on eBay. They included a paperback copy of “The Beatles Yellow Submarine” book, “The Beatles in ‘Help!,’ three John Lennon books, including the Playboy John & Yoko interview, and the original paperback edition of “The Beatles” by Hunter Davies.
But also in the collection was a copy of “The Beatles Book,” a 1964 paperback that was one of a series published by Lancer Books. Not really rare, it has pictures and mini biographies of the band. “I actually already had the book, but I really wanted one of the other six books” — the novel adaptation of the Beatles’ movie “Help!” – she said.
“I occasionally enjoy buying Beatles stuff off the internet and eBay is a great source to find them. I usually go after the vintage books, magazines and LP’s and I just stumbled on this one listing that had seven books. I just stick to “Buy It Now”, but I made an exception this one auction, placed two bids, and I won. I didn’t expect to.” She got the books. “I showed my dad the books in my room. He was the first to notice the pages in the back and said ‘Looks like someone left some writing.’ It was a surprise to her. “The listing said nothing about writing being in the book,” she said.
However, it wasn’t just scribbling. The writing in the book was a short story from a girl who attended a Beatles show at Forest Hills Stadium in New York on Aug 28, 1964 and who was thinking of sneaking into their Aug. 29 show. “I took a closer look and thought this wasn’t any ordinary writing… as I went ahead read each line, it clicked that this was from an original Beatles fan.. and knew Forest Hills was a venue the lads played at. I found it fascinating how they wrote out the set-list, (and), of course couldn’t hear them well, and the chaos of just one fan making it on the stage.”
She transcribed what the writing said. “(On the right side) Today Aug 28th! Bday 64 I saw LOS Beatles- in person at Forest Hills (the West side) with Heidi, Carol, Jane…. Lots of other (people? Friends?) were there we knew! I love you Boys! They sang Twist & Shout first, then tuned up. 2) All My Loving 3) She Loves You 4) If I Fell 5) Hard Day’s Night 6) I Want To Hold Your Hand 7) Boys! (Ringo was great!) 8) Can’t Buy Me Love 9) Roll Over Beethoven 10) You Can’t Do That 11) Last one was: Long Tall Sally… They were great but you could hardly hear them. Screams continuously! Black suits. One girl Broke through in Blue dress and got George’s legs and pulled him- Police got her right away- almost started a riot! Bye.
And on the left side: “Going 29th also, either making tickets or sneaking in…. Today Row F seats- pretty good- Great boys! Ann touched George & John in F.H’s clubhouse- Long story which I will never forget- that lucky kid- Heidi saw Paul! Close up!”
She said she’s thinking of messaging the seller, who just seems to have assorted things for sale and may not have known what they had. (If you know the former owner of the book, email us.)
“Looking at it now, and if you think about it, it’s kind of amazing,” Jessica says, “how all of these different and rare Beatle things keep popping up in the news and in stores.. it’s like dinosaur bones, people just keep finding them. Goes to show how much of an impact these guys left, and there’ll be more finds that’ll be passed on from one fan to another.”