The Dissenters: Putting Liverpool On The Map

In Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter, between the city’s impressive Anglican and Catholic cathedrals, runs Hope Street, an essential destination for anyone doing a Beatles’ tour. Attractions include Gambier Terrace – Stuart Sutcliffe’s student digs which John Lennon shared from time to time, The Liverpool Institute – secondary school for Paul, George, and various other peripheral figures

The Enduring Mystery Of John Lennon’s School Cap

One of the interesting things about being a Beatles’ historian, writer, or author, is that there is a always a new angle to explore. So much has been written about the group, and such is the thirst for knowledge, that articles delve into the minutiae of their lives and times. One of the stories that has

The Smiths Of Woolton … John Lennon’s Favourite Uncle and His Family

Lesser known among the Beatles’ sites to visit in Liverpool is 120a Allerton Road, Woolton, known as the ‘Dairy Cottage’, which was recently on the market for £325,000. It is a grade 2 listed building dating back to 1839.  Originally part of a guest house, the cottage then became the shop for Smith’s Dairy Farm. George Toogood

John’s First Songwriting (Non-) Credit … There’s Something Askew Here!

None of the Beatles achieved the distinction of a writing credit on a generally released record until the Parlophone release of ‘Love Me Do’ in 1962, but all of them came close – with the exception of Ringo. The first time was the self-recorded ‘In Spite Of All The Danger’, made in the Kensington home

More Important Than Life And Death? Not To The Beatles!

“Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don’t like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that.” Bill Shankly – Legendary manager of Liverpool F.C. We are talking here, of course, about Britain’s national sport – the one played with a spherical object, and with

A Book That Bode Not Boot

I am sure that 99.9% of Beatles fans reading my articles will recognize the reference in the title of my blog. A few may say, “He’s illiterate, why is he writing a blog?”, and a few more may look at the title of this article and ask, “Bode not … what?” To them, I highly recommend reading the