There have been books on the Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool before, notably David Bedford’s excellent “Liddypool,” which features interviews with many of the local people involved in their story. One of the newest additions looks at Liverpool from a different angle.
David Lewis’ “The Beatles: Liverpool Landscapes” (also available from Amazon.co.uk) is a guidebook to many of the places, both well-known and obscure, that figured into the Beatles’ life in their hometown before the group began and during their rise to fame.
Lewis, the author of several previous books on Merseyside history, acts as a tour guide on a first-person journey through the area. There are pictures and detailed descriptions of places like Liverpool 8, Penny Lane, Woolton, St. Peter’s Church, Strawberry Field, Madryn Street, Liverpool Art College and Mathew Street.
And the book doesn’t use just recent photos. Wonder what Mathew Street looked like in 1925 or Penny Lane was like in 1926? It’s here.
Lewis’ narrative is not just another Beatles book rehash, but a detailed history of the Beatles’ hometown as they saw it. It offers a new understanding of their roots and is a great supplement to the ever expanding body of knowledge that we as fans never stop craving.
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