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Before They Were Beatles [Kindle Edition]

Alan J. Porter
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 156 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
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Book Description

In Liverpool , England , October 1956. Schoolboy John Lennon and his best friend, Peter Shotton, decide to start a skiffle group as “a bit of a lark.” Four years later John, now accompanied by Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best, leaves Liverpool to start a series of near legendary gigs in Hamburg , Germany . His group now performing under their newly acquired name – THE BEATLES.

The book is the story of those four years. The story of how one of thousands of amateur schoolboy skiffle bands evolved into the beginnings of the greatest band in popular history. It’s a story of hope, creativity and exploring musical boundaries. It’s also a story of tragedy, coincidence and at times just sheer luck.

It is a story of beginnings, the story of John, Paul, George and Ringo - Before They Were Beatles.

REVIEWS For "Before They Were Beatles."

"I read it from cover to cover without putting it down ... excellent job. It was a great read." - Rod Davis, member of John Lennon's original group, The Quarrymen.

I highly recommend this book for all Beatles fans." - Andrew Croft, Publisher, Beatlolgy Magazine

This is a truly excellent book about the formative years of The Beatles. It has been well researched and where dates and events are mentioned in the book, they have been verified with multiple sources wherever possible. The story is presented in a chronological order, and charts the converging paths of the main players in Beatles history. All in all a very through piece of work, enjoyable to read and therefore warmly recommended." - Beatles Unlimited magazine.

"Loved it. It's very informative...many things that I didn't know.." - Jim Meehan - Host "Now & Then" - Z88.9 WBCZ Philadelphia

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About the Author

Alan J. Porter was born and raised on the banks of the River Mersey, just a short 30 miles upstream from Liverpool. Thanks to a local TV show, The Beatles entered his life on October 18th 1963 and have been a constant source of enjoyment and inspiration e

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 406 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (2 Dec. 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002P8MORW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,085 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 3 Feb. 2013
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I have quite a collection of books about The Beatles and thought there wasn't much I hadn't read before but this book is full of new facts and in addition is an excellent history lesson in 1950's skiffle music which led to the music we've all lived with since. This is where it started. Beatles fan or just music fan, read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book About The Beatles' Early Incarnations 24 Jun. 2013
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Despite the American spelling, which was an irritation, and the spelling mistakes, which abound, this book, about the Beatles' very early period, beginning in 1956, was a welcome addition to the list of books I have read about the band. I would echo the comments of another reviewer who commented positively about the hitherto unreported facts discovered by the author and included here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They were beatles 28 July 2013
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Very interesting book, felt I was reading great truth of the best group in the world. Hearing from school friends who were part of the beginning that are able to give true reflection of how it was in the good old days were it began.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Fab Four 17 Jan. 2013
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A good read but some parts should be taken with a pinch of salt. It depends on who's version you are reading as to what really happened. Read, enjoy and make up your own mind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read for all Beatle fans 7 Jun. 2013
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I thought I knew most of the stories on the Beatles until I read this. Someone should do a documentary with all the surviving members.
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