on 14 May 2014
In February 2014, David Bedford published his second Beatles book called The Fab One Hundred and Four. Expanding on a chapter in the first book (Liddypool: The Birthplace Of The Beatles, 2009) called From The Black Jacks To The Beatles: The story of the `Fab 27,' Dave runs through a complete evolution of The Beatles from 1956 to 1962 covering every line up and band name used along the way. Dave includes information from members of The Quarrymen, The Black Jacks, Johnny & The Moondogs and other precursor bands leading up to what was eventually The Beatles. It's hard to believe there were 104 such people and Dave goes through them all and gets their story, one by one, and he does this by actually visiting many of them or their loved ones and relaying their historical accounts to us firsthand in this book.
Since the book is sectioned in chapters sorted chronologically by various line-ups of the band through these formative years, it is is easy to see the who the specific personnel in John's band was at any given time up to the final Fab Four. There is also a handy member-vs-time frame chart and summary at the beginning of the book that gives a nice synopsis about each of the one hundred and four individuals that took part in the group. Because of this well-thought out organization, it's every bit an efficient easy-to-look-up reference volume as it is a book to enjoy reading cover to cover. With The Fab One Hundred and Four you're likely to not only discover people you never were aware even had a part in The "Pre-Beatles," but also know what became of them afterwards.
The book answers such questions as:
1) When were The (future) Beatles called The Black Jacks?
2) When did George Harrison REALLY join The Quarrymen?
3) Many references imply that John Lennon's mother Julia bought him his first guitar around March 1957, but if John formed The Quarrymen in 1956, what was he playing then?
4) Who first suggested to John Lennon that he should start up a skiffle group in 1956?
The book includes an abundance of rare photographs from The Quarrymen beginnings up to 1962 and even recent photos of those that played a part. The photos serve as an important supplement to this information that has either not been covered, or has been "mis-covered," in other books on The Beatles. The Fab One Hundred and Four is unquestionably an essential piece of work for aficionados of Beatles' history.