Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Bigger Than the Beatles: Liverpool's Mersey Beat Goes on

by Bill Harry

A fascinating and entertaining insight into the cultural phenomenon that was Merseyside in the 1960s. Featuring rare and exclusive photographs from the archives. Documents the success of Mersey Beat and beyond, from global superstars to hidden gems - a must for any music fan. AT the start of the Swinging Sixties, Liverpool was a remarkable place. A global music and fashion revolution was about to explode,inspired by a sound that was tagged by journalist, music promoter and author Bill Harry as 'Mersey Beat'. If you read the well-prepared script written by the publicists of the day, it was all about four lads who shook the world. The truth is that Liverpool was actually Bigger Than The Beatles. Liverpool was a hub of talent, and while the giant acts under the management of the legendary Brian Epstein swept all before them, the city was much more than Mersey Beat as we know it. There were more country and western groups than anywhere else in Britain, more folk groups, more soul singers, more black artists and more female artists. This book investigates the Liverpool scene and the people who inspired John, Paul, George and Ringo to believe anything was possible.

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