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“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

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Spencer Leigh was born in Liverpool, the birthplace of the Beatles. His program On the Beat has been broadcast on BBC Radio Merseyside for more than 25 years, and he has contributed to several BBC music documentaries. He is the author of The Beatles in Hamburg: The Stories, the Scene, and How It All Began; The Cavern: The Most Famous Club in the World; Everyday: Getting Closer to Buddy Holly; Tomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles on Record; and The Walrus Was Ringo: 101 Beatles Myths Debunked. He writes for the Independent and has contributed to Country Music People, Now Dig This, and Record Collector.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (October 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613744099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613744093
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
"A guitar's all right John, but you'll never make a living out of it" Aunt Mimi.

This is the companion to Leigh's book "The Beatles In Hamburg" from a while back. If you're familiar with that book, this is basically the same layout. Besides the written information, there's a lot of fairly rare photographs and other graphic reproductions included throughout every phase of The Beatles period in Liverpool. This book is somewhere between 3 and 4 "stars" depending on your liking for The Beatles and their early days in Liverpool.

Leigh uses quotes from promoters, musicians, fans, friends, family, and just about anyone else he can think of to tell the band's story during this period. By now most everyone knows the life stories of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, so there isn't really anything new that Leigh can add. Leigh also talks about the very beginnings of the band as "The Quarrymen", and that now famous talent contest, the clubs like The Jacaranda, and The Casbah, The Cavern Club, and "Operation Big Beat" at the Tower Ballroom. Also included are some of the bands that influenced The Beatles-mostly from the U.S., information on the band's first real manger Brian Epstein, the band's recording of "Love Me Do", and quotes and observations on their growing popularity that seemed to almost force them out of Liverpool.

Similar to the first book, the best parts of this volume are the first hand quotes from a wide variety of sources, and the many photographs (in both color and b & w, some rare), and other period reproductions of ads, tickets, and posters from their Liverpool period. Reading the quotes and looking at the photos does start to bring back to life some of that era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Martin on March 8, 2013
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Following on from his previous "The Beatles in Hamburg", Spencer Leigh, that tireless and talented chronicler of Merseybeat, has produced a companion work on the Beatles time in Liverpool.
Covering the entire period from playing a church fetes, through regular bookings at the Jacaranda and Casbah, to the famous Cavern scene, and finishing with their final Liverpool performance at the Empire in December 1965.
The book is chock-full of terrific pictures; not only of the boys, but of rare memorabilia, such as posters and letters.
Spencer is a stickler for factual accuracy, refusing to contribute to the Merseybeat mythology, unless he can verify the account. He uses primary sources, having interviewed many of the characters who form part of the story.
The book is a delight for all Beatles fans, especially those who remember that time in Liverpool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Hill on March 5, 2013
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I was pleasantly surprised by how much I LOVED this book. For a subject that's been hacked to near-death at times, this is one that's hit a grand slam home run. Well done Spencer. This is the best Christmas gift I got last year and I HIGHLY recommend it. It's massively interesting to watch The Lads put it together and build it right into Ed Sullivan's history-making live studio audience-screaming TV appearance. To see how it all went, in-depth, before they "made it", wow, just hugely enthralling to me. Any Beatles fan must have this. It's also a book that you'll love peeking back into time and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn K. Hankins on March 6, 2013
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An avid Beatles fan received this gift and loved it! Photos never seen
and short stories about the Beatles were perfect.
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By Dave From Ohio on December 26, 2013
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This book is the companion piece for Leigh's Beatles in Hamburg and while an enjoyable read it was not quite as good as the first. It mentions many of the places in Liverpool but not all of them.Could have included many other locations that were left out in favor of stories that are already pretty common knowledge. Perhaps the Hamburg book was a bit better because that was a time in the history of The Beatles that most fans were less familiar with, and to be able to see the actual Hamburg locations was much more exciting.
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