Friday, September 19, 2008

The Beatles and Some Other Guys: Rock Family Trees of the Early Sixties

by Pete Frame

Celebrated rock archivist Pete Frame has turned his attention to The Beatles and their contemporaries. Focusing on one of the most exciting periods in British rock history, he has created comprehensive Family Trees for the quintessential groups of the Liverpool and London scenes.

Liverpool ... Frame traces the evolution of The Beatles through The Quarrymen, The Moondogs, The Beatals and The Silver Beatles. He also unravels the personnel history of many other chart-topping Merseyside groups including:

Gerry & The Pacemakers - Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas - The Searchers - The Fourmost - The Swinging Blue Jeans - The Merseybeats - Rory Storm & The Hurricanes

London ... a roll call of the capitals' golden years of R&B brings fascinating insights into the roots and revamps of:

The Rolling Stones - Alexis Korner's Blues Inc. - John Mayalls' Bluesbreakers - the early bands of Georgie Fame and Rod Stewart

Plus! ... Family Trees of Them - Van Morrison's first group - and all of Paul McCartney's bands after The Beatles.

What the press have said about Pete Frame's Rock Family Trees:
"Probably the world's foremost chronicler of rock'n'roll history" The Observer

"Historically detailed ... elegantly organised" Rolling Stone

"Virtually works of art...indispensable" New York Rocker

"Essential reading" Record Mirror

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