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Liddypool: Birthplace of The Beatles
The Fab one hundred and Four
David grew up in The Dingle where Ringo was born and attended the same school as Ringo. He now lives by Penny Lane, and spent 9 years researching and writing his first book, “Liddypool: Birthplace of The Beatles”.
Meet The Author -
ABOUT THE AUTHOR, DAVID BEDFORD
Why write another book on The Beatles to add to the many hundreds that have been written over the years? Because not many Beatles books have been written by people from Liverpool. This is the city where I grew up; the city that influenced me. What do you know about the places you’ve read about in other Beatles books? Where did The Beatles grow up? Where did they live? What were their musical influences? To understand The Beatles, you have to understand Liverpool. To understand Liverpool, you have to live here.
I grew up in The Dingle by the bottom of Madryn Street, where Ringo was born. In 1969, at the age of four, I started my education at St. Silas School, which Ringo had attended years before. My dad came to Liverpool as vicar of St. Philemon’s Church, which was incorporated in the parish of St. Silas Church. St. Silas is the same church where Ringo sang in the choir and where his parents were married. My house was two doors away from the Men’s Club, regularly attended by John Lennon’s uncles. I lived in The Dingle until I was twenty-
My wife Alix and I decided to move out to Mossley Hill when we were ready to start a family, to within half a mile of Penny Lane—yes, that Penny Lane. Our children—Philippa, Lauren and Ashleigh—have all attended Dovedale School where John Lennon, George Harrison and Ivan Vaughan received their early education. The Beatles have been a part of my life for a long time. After picking up my first guitar at ten years old, a Beatles’ song book was added so I could learn my favourite tunes. They have always accompanied me on my own long and winding road. As many fans can testify, it is more than just liking their music; the awesome foursome has a profound influence on your life.
In the summer of 2000 my doctor told me to take time off work because I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, for which there is no cure. Suddenly I had time on my hands, though my health restricted my activities. I was forced to give up playing football and golf, and walking became more difficult. I had never been much of a reader, but I came across the John Lennon Encyclopedia by Bill Harry. It was a thick book, so I thought it would keep me going for a while. I read it with utter fascination because it brought home how much history there was in my own backyard.
As a form of therapy and to keep my brain active, I thought I’d find out more and use my other hobby—photography. One symptom of my illness is short-
I have since come to know the Best brothers—Pete, Rory and Roag—and they have given me much support, and many stories and photos over the years. I also conducted an interview with Pete Best, who was the original Beatles drummer before he was replaced by Ringo Starr. Reading, talking to and meeting friends and family members of The Beatles, I realised how much knowledge I had acquired through my new-
This book contains their stories.
Pete Best wrote the foreword, without any editorial control over the content of the book. Everyone who has given an interview has been open and honest and trusted me. All I wanted to know was the truth. I just didn’t realise how long it would take.
During my 9 years of research, I interviewed:
Pete Best, Allan Williams, The Quarrymen, Bill Harry, Julia Baird, Alistair Taylor, Sam Leach, Tony Barrow, Ken Brown, Chas Newby and many more.
ABOUT THE BOOK -
“Not for ourselves, but for the whole world were we born,
and we were born in Liverpool.” Paul McCartney
For the first time, a writer has accumulated a wealth of knowledge about the city at the heart of the Beatles’ story: Liverpool. Drawing on thousands of hours of exhaustive research, Liverpudlian David Bedford went back to sources to speak to eyewitnesses to the birth of the band that changed the face of modern music. Pete Best, The Quarrymen, Allan Williams and
Bill Harry are all featured, alongside school friends and bystanders who witnessed the phenomenon of the Beatles’ evolution.
Explore and discover The Beatles’ Liverpool like never before, with a wealth of information including 103 venues, 59 homes and 24 schools, plus meet the 27 musicians who featured in the story of The Beatles, from John Lennon’s first skiffle group, right through until the “Fab Four”.
• Were they really John, Paul, George, Stuart and Norman?
• Who was Ken Brown, and why was he such an integral part of this story?
• Who changed the course of Beatles folklore because she won on the horses?
Whether you are a fan, a fanatic or a “fanorak”, Liddypool is a photo book, a history book, a reference book and a guide book.
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY
“Having been a Beatle for two years and not professing to be a Beatle historian, to me this book is totally enlightening.”
Pete Best, Beatles’ drummer, 1960-
“The best Beatles book I’ve seen for 20 years.”
Bill Heckle, Cavern City Tours
“A magnificent tour-
Bill Harry, author
“The best illustrated book on The Beatles’ Liverpool I’ve seen.”
Hunter Davies, Beatles biographer
“The depth of David Bedford’s research is unprecedented. This is a fascinating, valuable and devoted piece of detective work which will appeal to any fan of The Beatles.”
Janine Ross, Marketing Manager, The Beatles Story Ltd.
“It’s great to see a book from an author who is trying to sieve his way through all the various myths, legends and halftruths and paint a realistic picture of what really happened.”
Rod Davis, The Quarrymen
“At last Liverpool has the Beatles book it deserves. Liddypool has been lovingly assembled, diligently researched and lavishly illustrated. Casual browser and avid fan alike will discover something they didn’t already know about the world’s most documented quartet. I’d pay the cover price for the pictures alone.”
Steve Turner, author of A Hard Day’s Write.
“It’s a pleasure to help writers like you, David, and others in your quest for a more honest picture -
Pauline Sutcliffe: Stuart Sutcliffe’s sister.
“David has always been a stickler for detail and passionate for facts. If I needed to know some obscure piece of information relating to The Beatles or Liverpool I knew I could rely on him to provide the answer. With the publication of this book, all the information I could require is now handily available within these pages!”
Pete Nash, editor of British Beatles Fan Club Magazine
IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE BEATLES, THINK AGAIN!
ABOUT THE FAB ONE HUNDRED AND FOUR
When one considers The Beatles’ early history, there are several names naturally come to mind, like The Quarrymen, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best. However, the story of the evolution of The Beatles from The Quarrymen to The Fab Four is about more than just the musicians in those groups.
Liverpool author David Bedford, who lives near Penny Lane, has uncovered people like George Smith, Joe Ankrah, Red Carter, Zancs Logie, Ian James, Marie Maguire, Colin Manley and Arthur Pendleton who are all important to the Beatles’ story as well.
Featured in The Fab one hundred and Four are:
the previously unknown schoolfriend who gave John his first guitar and changed Beatles history.
the first published photographs of Silver Beatles’ drummer Norman Chapman.
the real influences in their formative years – family members, schoolmates, mentors and musical contemporaries.
profiles of every musician who was a member of the group – from The Quarrymen to The Beatles – from 1956 through 1962. Whether they were in the group for a night, a week, a year, two years or more, they are all mentioned here.
all of the musicians and performers who shared the stage with the boys as part of a single act.
Over 570 photographs, some previously unseen and many rare.
The Fab Four becomes The Fab one hundred and Four!
These one hundred and four friends, family and musicians get a long overdue credit for their contributions to the musical development of the greatest pop group of all time: The Beatles.
With 400 pages, this is the most in-
Maybe John Lennon should have said: “We were just one hundred and four guys.”
“A treasure chest of research and a visual delight, this will prove to be a work no Beatles fan should be without.”
– Bill Harry, Founder of Mersey Beat
“Just when you think there can’t possibly be another book worth reading about the Beatles, along comes Another. David Bedford has excelled himself.”
– Rod Davis, The Quarrymen
“David Bedford’s work is more than just the Beatles. It is the vibrating, reverberating story of the grit and determination of the boys and girls from Liddypool and their legacy of greatness.”
– Larry Kane, author of Ticket To Ride, Lennon Revealed, and When They Were Boys