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The Beatles: Fab Four Cities

The Beatles: Fab Four Cities

Liverpool - Hamburg - London - New York - The Definitive Guide

By (author) Richard Porter
By (author) David Bedford
By (author) Susan Ryan


Publishing 13th Sep 2021
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    • The first travel guide to focus on the four cities that defined The Beatles: Liverpool, Hamburg, London and New York
    • Compiled by four leading Beatles authorities
    • Four port cities that are different, yet so similar
    • Includes a wealth of information, connections, timelines, Beatles trivia, and illuminating photographs
    • The perfect gift for Beatles enthusiasts and globetrotters
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    John Lennon said: "We were born in Liverpool, but we grew up in Hamburg."

    To paraphrase Lennon, we could say that: "The Beatles were born in Liverpool, grew up in Hamburg, reached maturity in London, and immortality in New York."

    Four cities. Four stars. The Fab Four - the Beatles - are revered the world over, but it is in these urban centres that their legacy shines brightest. Liverpool: where the band graduated from church halls, leaving their initial line-up as 'The Quarrymen' far behind. Hamburg: where their raucous stage act was honed; where arrests earned them a more notorious celebrity reputation, but they became a true emblem of rock 'n' roll. London: where The Beatles produced Sgt Pepper, and home to the iconic album cover for Abbey Road. And New York: the city that became John Lennon's home, where their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show announced them to 73 million Americans.

    The Beatles: Fab Four Cities invites the reader on a cosmopolitan trek across continents, tracing the Beatles' rise to fame from one metropolis to the next. Flush with timelines, stories, trivia, the numerous links and connections between the cities and both pop cultural and local history, this is a travel guide like no other.

    About the Author

    David Bedford is a nonpareil of The Beatles' fan-led underworld. His three books - Liddypool: Birthplace of The Beatles (2009), The Fab one hundred and Four: The Evolution of The Beatles (2013) and Finding the Fourth Beatle (2018) celebrate the band, and the home city they share. He is a guest speaker at international Beatles events as well as the Annual Liverpool Beatleweek every year.

    Susan Ryan first achieved renown among Beatles fans through her online publication Rooftop Sessions. She now conducts walking tours for both The Beatles and John Lennon enthusiasts in New York City. She is an outspoken supporter of women in The Beatles' fandom.

    Richard Porter has led The Beatles London Tour for over twenty-five years, guiding avid fans in the Fab Four's footsteps. The author of Guide to the Beatles' London, he is proud to hold the title 'Beatles Brain of Britain'. Known as the authority on the band's London presence in the 1960s, his tours have featured on National Public Radio in the US.

    Simon Weitzman, the manager of this project, is the director/writer of the Beatles fan film Here There and Everywhere (2020).

    ACC Art Books
    Publish date
    13th Sep 2021
    Paperback / softback
    210 mm x 135 mm
    192 Pages
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