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by Paul Sherlock
As I am sure all Beatles fans know, 2012 is the year of 50th anniversary celebrations here in Liverpool. The most significant month being August, when on the 16th it will be 50 years to the day that Pete Best was sacked, making the 18th of that month 50 years since a certain Richard Starkey made his first official appearance as a fully fledged Beatle and gave us the Fab Four line up that went on to shake the world!
by Paul Sherlock
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As I am sure all Beatles fans know, 2012 is the year of 50th anniversary celebrations here in Liverpool. 
The most significant month being August, when on the 16th it will be 50 years to the day that Pete Best was sacked, making the 18th of that month 50 years since a certain Richard Starkey made his first official appearance as a fully fledged Beatle and gave us the Fab Four line up that went on to shake the world!

by David Bedford

We associate The Beatles' spiritual lives with their journey to Rishikesh to study with the Maharishi. However, that journey can be traced back to their childhood and their families, where circumstances and family life shaped their spiritual thinking and rebellion from an early age.

by Paul Sherlock

9 February 2011 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance at the Cavern Club. On the 9 February 1961, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe were paid the total sum of £5 for what would become the first of nearly 300 appearances that the Beatles made at "the most famous club in the world". The Cavern Club is celebrating of course with a day of music and events which I will tell you about in future articles.

WHO PUT THE BEAT IN THE BEATLES? NEW CD HAS THE ANSWER

When I wrote my book, “Liddypool: Birthplace of The Beatles”, there was an obvious story in the songs that inspired The Beatles: the songs and artists that shaped their teenage years: that ultimately shaped The Beatles.

For the teenagers of the 1950s, it all started with Bill Haley’s 1954 recording of “Rock Around The Clock”. John Lennon once commented that ‘I had no idea about doing music as a way of life until rock and roll hit me.’ When asked what specifically hit him, Lennon replied: ‘It was "Rock Around The Clock."’

by David Bedford

In my book, “Liddypool: Birthplace of The Beatles”, Liverpudlian I tracked down former school friends of John Lennon, plus one of his primary school teachers, Harry Holmes.

John  Holmes, who described the young Lennon as a “polite, well-spoken self-confident” boy,
  has fond memories of his former pupil, especially in his role as Squire Trelawney in the
  school’s adaptation of Treasure Island.

  I also tracked down former classmates who have uncovered school photos – like the one
  < on the left which shows John at Dovedale School in 1951 is very rare -
  and retold stories of their pre-Beatle school friend.

                                                   They tell stories like:

  • John Lennon knocked out my front teeth
  • The day I entered a boxing ring with John
  • I slapped John Lennon over a girl
  • Lennon threw a flick-knife between my legs!
Read this interesting article about the origin of the name 'Penny Lane' http://bit.ly/9Fa1Rr
Out now is a brandnew DVD called Liddypool to accompany the book (by David Bedford) with the same title (check out our review section for this). The DVD includes an interview with the Beatles from the Mersey Sound documentary and also an interview with Tony Sheridan who takes the viewer on a tour of Hamburg. Interested in book our DVD? You can get both through www.beatlesshop.co.uk. The book can also be bought via www.liddypool.com.