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New book by Bill Harry about the people who inspired the Fab Four

At the start of the Swinging Sixties, Liverpool was a remarkable place, about to take the world by storm. Mersey Beat was born. A global revolution, based on a thriving Liverpool scene would change rock music and fashion forever, dominate the music charts at home and overseas, and influence generations of musicians to come.

Bigger Than The Beatles, written by highly-respected Mersey Beat author Bill Harry, is a fascinating and entertaining insight into the cultural phenomenon that was Merseyside in the 1960s, featuring rare and excusive pictures from the archives.

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If you read the well-prepared script written by the publicists of the day, it was all about four lads who shook the world. The truth is that Liverpool was actually Bigger Than The Beatles.

Liverpool was a hub of talent, and while the giant acts under the management of the legendary Brian Epstein swept all before them, the city was much more than Mersey Beat as we know it. This fascinating book investigates the Liverpool scene and the people who inspired John, Paul, George and Ringo to believe anything was possible.

Journalist, music promoter and author Bill Harry was an instrumental figure on the scene, championing and even coining the phrase 'Mersey Beat'. He is creator and editor of the influential Mersey Beat music paper that helped launch the Beatles in the early '60s. It was the first paper to write about the sound explosion on the banks of the Mersey and Bill supported the Fab Four from the outset, as he did hundreds of other groups.

Bigger Than The Beatles is published by Trinity Mirror North West and Wales Ltd. Trinity Mirror is the parent company of the Liverpool ECHO and have published various Liverpool titles including Fab Four and Liverpool 60s.

Bigger Than The Beatles will be launched at Beatle's Story, Albert Dock, Liverpool, 7pm, 27th August 2009. It is available for 8.99 at

Published August 26, 2009

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