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The destiny of The Quarrymen seemed to be that of a small footnote to pop music's most famous success story. A fifties skiffle group consisting of John Lennon and five friends, The Quarrymen first took on board Paul McCartney and then George Harrison.
The rest, as they say, is history.
But what happened to Lennon's original Quarrymen colleagues ?
In Hunter Davies' hands their wildly divergent personal histories unfold almost as in a detective story.
In fact this history of the unfamous five turns out to be as strange and unpredictable as it is exhilarating. In tracing their individual fates it reveals much about Britain's social climate in the second half of the 20th century.
It also offers unique and valuable insights into the formative years of John and Paul, musical partners almost from the day they first met at a Quarrymen gig at Liverpool's Woolton Parish Church fete.
Skiffle was always an amateur form - that was the point. The Beatles went on into the stratosphere. The Quarrymen simply went on with their lives. Today, stars by association, they have reformed to tour the world as professionals - a footnote no more, famous at last.
Hunter Davies is the author of the only authorised Beatles biography, as well as over 30 other books. He is an unrivalled commentator on The Beatles and the culture that surrounds them.
Quite a big book of 262 pages.
I haven't read it yet, but it looks really interesting, and as you'd expect from Hunter Davies, very well laid out.
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