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The Beatles in Hamburg: The Stories, the Scene and How It All Began Paperback – October 1, 2011
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“Not only does the book take you back, it also shows you more about this vital phase in the Beatles’ career than we’ve ever seen before.” —Creative Loafing Tampa
About the Author
According to Record Collector, Spencer Leigh is rock’s leading oral historian.” His previous books include Everyday, The Cavern, Tomorrow Never Knows, and The Walrus Was Ringo.
Top Customer Reviews
"We were born in Liverpool, but grew up in Hamburg"-John Lennon.
In the actual 120 pages or so, this book takes a look at THE BEATLES from 1960, when they left England for Germany, until 1962, when they left Hamburg for good as an exciting rock 'n' roll band. The two years the band spent in Hamburg, honed their sound and forged them into a true group. It's interesting that none of the band has ever spoken at length about everything they experienced while playing in Hamburg's seedy red light district-in clubs like the Star Club, or the Top Ten among others. While this book contains no startling revelations, it's both interesting and informative as far as it goes.
This book, though not definitive, is a good attempt at opening a window into this formative era for both the band, and r'n'r. The book contains interviews with Astrid Kirchherr, Klaus Voormann, Gerry Marsden (GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS), English rocker Kingsize Taylor, Tony Sheridan, and others from the period. The book is laid out basically chronologically, beginning with comparisons between Liverpool and Hamburg in the years after the war. There's chapters dealing with both German, English, and U.S. stars, and how their music set the stage for THE BEATLES. A number of artists, like Elvis Presley, Bill Haley were popular in both England and Germany. But German fans were looking for something new and exciting-and that's where THE BEATLES come in.Read more ›
Hamburg was, without a doubt, the crucible of the Beatles development as a group. This is apparent from the reception they received on their very first gig back in Liverpool after their initial Kaiserkeller stint. This was the start of their success, which made them firstly, the number one group in Liverpool, and then, the world.
For me the best part of the book was the numerous photos, many taken by Jurgen Vollmer while they were performing at the Top Ten Club. Also, of course, there are the now famous shots taken by Astrid.
Spencer Leigh has combined these photographs together with first-hand accounts from other Liverpool musicians, their German friends, and club owners to produce an impressive account of a very significant time in the story of the most famous band in the world.
And, I learned the name of a 7th Beatle. Not John, Paul, George, Ringo, Pete, or Stuart. Someone who played a few gigs with them in Liverpool when they were called The Beatles. I'll let you find out that bit of trivia.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes, it arrived in timely fashion, I am looking forward to giving the book as a Christmas gift to family members who are Beatle fans.Published 8 months ago by G.I. Joe
Fast service - great product ... just as advertised. Not too much new in the way of information but great pictures and story lines.Published 23 months ago by PINS
my brother loved it.i got it in the appropriate time.the price was right and it was in great shape thanksPublished on January 1, 2013 by barbara flanagan
this was a buy for my mother she is a huge fan of beatles she has this on her coffee table in living roomPublished on December 10, 2012 by carrie goudge
The product was in a very good condition it was not for me, but my fried was very happy when he saw it.Published on April 9, 2012 by Arturo Jallath