Copy of Beatles 'Life' magazine returned to library after being stolen 50 years ago

News 05/03/2019

A Beatles fan in the US has returned a 1968 issue of 'Life' magazine that featured the band on its cover to the library from which it was stolen, and also included a late fee.

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 photo was captioned: "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 cover story of the mag, titled 'The Days in the Lives of the Beatles: They Call It Their Authentic Biography', was the first instalment of a two-part excerpt of Hunter Davies' 'The Beatles: The Authorized Biography', which was first published in August 1968.

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 are all covered in the story. 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 copy of 'Life' are stories about the upcoming election, an earthquake in Iran, 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'.