While attending college in Liverpool and hanging out in various clubs listening to local bands writer Alan J. Porter heard many stories about the early days of The Beatles. The problem was that none of them agreed with each other. In the early 2000s, he set out to uncover the story of the boys' teenage years and how one of the hundreds of schoolboy skiffle bands in the 1950s evolved into the beginnings of the greatest band in rock history. The story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo - Before They Were Beatles.

    The resulting book has proved to be a steady seller for years and is now the basis for a popular podcast series that updates and expands the story.

To mark both the 20th anniversary of the original book’s publication and the popularity of the podcast, we have decided to answer many long-standing requests for an updated and expanded version of the book with a new 20th Anniversary edition.

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Alan J. Porter

I write about stuff... and make up stories too..