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Exclusive: New book by 'Liddypool' author fills in gaps in the Beatles story

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When one thinks about The Beatles’ early history, there are several names naturally come to mind, but the story of the evolution of The Beatles is about lot more which author David Bedford (“Liddypool: Birthplace of the Beatles”) tells Beatles Examiner he has revealed in his new 400-page book The Fab One Hundred and Four: The Evolution of The Beatles From the Quarrymen to the Fab Four.” The book, being released this month in the UK, will be launched in Liverpool Dec. 13, London two days later, and early next year in the U.S.

“These one hundred and four friends, family and musicians get a long overdue credit for their contributions to the musical development of The Beatles,” Bedford states.

“The biggest coups are finding the guy who suggested to John that he should start The Quarrymen and gave John his guitar -- never interviewed before -- and the very first published photos of Norman Chapman, Pete Best's predecessor.”

Featured in “The Fab One Hundred and Four” are the previously unknown schoolfriend who gave John his first guitar, the first published photographs of Silver Beatles’ drummer Norman Chapman, the real Beatles' influences in their formative years – family members, schoolmates, mentors and musical contemporaries and 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, Bedford says they are all mentioned in his book, which also includes all of the musicians and performers who shared the stage with the group as part of a single act. It features over 570 photographs, some previously unseen and many rare.

Bedford, who lives in the Beatles hometown of Liverpool, says he 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. He's also the author of the excellent “Liddypool: Birthplace of the Beatles.”

The book will be officially launched in the U.S. in February at the Fest for Beatles Fans, though Bedford says the book can be ordered through Amazon.co.uk now.

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