Is their unparalleled journey one of luck or inevitability?
The Beatles defined music and popular culture like no other band ever will - but how did they make the journey from Merseyside teenagers to international pop stars in the 1960s? The Beatles: Made on Merseyside recounts how American rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues dragged post-war Liverpool into one of the most vibrant music cities ever with the Mersey Sound.
Featuring unique archive and revealing interviews from those involved in the early years of The Beatles in Liverpool and Hamburg, we discover the story of The Beatles’ previous band formations and why it took so long for them to achieve success. From school bands, to colleges; Hamburg to The Cavern Club, The Beatles moved from skiffle to rock ‘n’ roll before creating their own unique sound.
Featuring newly filmed contributions from the ‘fifth Beatle’ Pete Best; Quarrymen Colin Hanton and Len Garry; Brian Epstein’s business associate Joe Flannery; The Beatles first ever secretary Freda Kelly; original Merseybeat magazine owner Bill Harry and flatmates of John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe, The Beatles: Made on Merseyside charts the original music and the energy and excitement that led to the explosion of Beatlemania.
“Anecdotes from friends and contemporaries offer evocative insights."
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
"An affectionate portrait of both a band and an era."
“An intimacy lacking in many of its rivals.”
“This warmly diverting film is not just for Fab Four fanatics."
1 x 85-minutes (1 x 54-minute version also available)
Pete Best, Freda Kelly, Joe Flannery, Len Garry, Colin Hanton, Cynthia Lennon, Bill Harry, George Harrison, John Lennon, Mark Kermode, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Rod Murray, Tony Bramwell, Tony Palmer
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