A MYSTERY WITH A BACKBEAT
A DISAFFECTED LIVERPOOL TEEN BECOMES INVOLVED WITH THE BEATLES WHEN HE'S HIRED TO HELP PREVENT THE MURDER OF THE GROUP'S MANAGER, BRIAN EPSTEIN.
Liverpool 1961. A city about to explode with the sound of raw-edged rock 'n' roll—reborn. Beat groups outnumber street gangs. Gangs of Teddy Boys terrorise dance halls and clubs with flick-knives and bicycle-chains. Gangsters demand protection money and firebomb clubs that don't pay. But nothing can stop the beat. The beat goes on. The demand for drink, cigarettes, sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll just keeps growing.
But The Beatles are going nowhere fast—and they know it. Liverpool's grown much too small. Hamburg has become a drag. It’s the same old grind—day in, night out. The big question: Who can get them a recording contract down in London—get them to ‘the toppermost of the poppermost’?
Only two men have vision enough to do it. Sam Leach—a pushy, local, rock 'n' roll mad promoter with towering dreams way beyond his means. And Brian Epstein—the sophisticated, urbane owner of a local record store.
A group of rival promoters are plotting to push Sam Leach out of the business for good. The man convicted of beating, robbing, and blackmailing Brian Epstein has not only vowed to kill him, but is about to be released from prison. Everyone, it seems, wants to spoil the party.
Into the swelling scene steps art student Raymond Jones, an angry young man desperate to find something—someone—to believe in after the death of his dad in a road accident. Picasso, Pollock, and de Kooning don't have the answers. Neither do Kerouac, Camus, or Sartre. So, just maybe, he'll find his salvation in rock 'n' roll.
"A perfect blend of fact and fiction, a recreation of the Mersey scene as it happened, with the real people who made it happen, all placed in an exciting and enthralling mystery. An unmissable page-turner. Could well be true if my belief in an alternate reality was ever proved in quantum theory!" — Bill Harry
Founder & Editor of Mersey Beat | Liverpool Art College friend of John Lennon and
Stuart Sutcliffe | Best-selling author and world-renowned authority on The Beatles
A GUIDEBOOK TO THE BEATLES’ ALL-IMPORTANT EARLY YEARS: 1957-1964. ALL NEWLY CONCEIVED, CURATED, AND ARRANGED FOR QUICK AND EASY REFERENCE.
Takes you from ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’—and ‘The Birth of The Beatles’—all the way through to the extraordinary global phenomenon that the world’s press, with no little irony, dubbed “Beatlemania.”
Highlights: The People | The Venues | The Events | The Beatles knew and loved in the three world-renowned cities that gave background to the group’s amazingly rapid rise to worldwide success and acclaim.
Explores: The birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the United States and Britain. | Expounds on the ‘Four’ key originators—as well as many of the other major performers from both sides of the Atlantic—who helped shape the ‘new’ music that had such a profound impact on the group. | Touches upon the huge influence African-American music had on The Beatles.
| Looks at the state of ‘pop’ music and the music media in
late-Fifties and early-Sixties Britain.
Also includes: ‘A Brief History of The Beatles’ and ‘Quintessential Beatles Q&A’ that cover all the years The Beatles were together. | Extended Timelines: ‘From 1957 To 1965’ and ‘The Making of A Hard Day’s Night’ | ‘The Beatles on Record’ | ‘Reading the Beatles’ | ‘Reading The Sixties’ |
All and everything designed to take you back to the crucial first seven years of The Beatles’ story… From ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ to 'Beatlemania’… and to help you understand why The Beatles and their music are still so very much loved some fifty years after they disbanded. And why the group are still so very important… to so many people… the world over.
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