The Beatles in Liverpool
The Beatles in Liverpool

The Beatles in Liverpool

The Stories, the Scene, and the Path to Stardom

MUSIC

128 Pages, 8.25 x 9.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $21.95)

Publication Date: October 2012

ISBN 9781613744093

Rights: US & CA

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2012)

Price: $19.95
 
 

Overview

A glimpse into the place where Beatlemania was born

The story of the Beatles and their native city of Liverpool is often poorly told, with little regard for what actually happened. (For starters, John Lennon was not born during an air raid.) This book, a companion title to The Beatles in Hamburg, combines an authoritative text with the most striking images from the Beatles’ time in the city. Here readers will learn all about the Beatles’ childhood, the influence of Liverpudlian humor on their lyrics, whether John was really a “working class hero,” what happened when the Quarrymen (an early version of the Beatles) took part in a talent contest, the other acts that the Beatles played with, the influence of visiting American rock ’n’ rollers, Brian Epstein’s pre-Beatles troubles, why “Love Me Do” was chosen for their first single, why they couldn’t stay in Liverpool, and which of their songs are about the city. Pairing rare photographs and memorabilia with exclusive interviews with fellow musicians, promoters, club managers, audience members, fans, friends, and family, The Beatles in Liverpool is the definitive, fully illustrated account of the formative years of the world’s most influential rock ’n’ roll band.

Reviews

"Two things make The Beatles in Liverpool a fresh read for Beatle fans. One is the richness of the photos that present the people, places, and artifacts of Liverpool in the 1950s and early '60s. As the subtitle implies, there's an emphasis on 'the scene.' This means author Leigh brings into sharp relief the hometown contemporaries of the Quarrymen, what youth culture was like throughout Liverpool at the time, and the legacy the Beatles left on the city." —Blogcritics

"As a longtime Liverpool resident, as well as the author of numerous Beatles books . . . Leigh is able to write about the city and its music scene with authority." —Goldmine

"Just when it looks like there's really, truly, absolutely nothing new to say about The Beatles, along comes The Beatles in Liverpool, a slender but meaty volume packed with photos, anecdotes, biography and gossip that documents the Fab Four's formative years." —PopMatters.com

Author Biography

Spencer Leigh was born in Liverpool in 1945. He writes for The Independent, Record Collector, and other publications. Mojo has described him as “rock music’s most enthusiastic amateur historian.” His books include The Beatles in Hamburg, The Cavern: The Most Famous Club in the World, and Everyday: Getting Closer to Buddy Holly.