The Beatles In Hamburg was published by the UK by Omnibus Press in October 2011. It is a hardback book of 128 pages that are fully illustrated. Although my name is on the front, much of the credit must go to Chris Stone for picture research and Duncan Youel for design. The book looks great and every photograph that I wanted is in the book (and lots more besides).
Among the photographers are Astrid Kirchherr, Jurgen Volmer.and Gunter Zint. There is some new information in the book: for example, I didn’t know until I met Uwe Fascher (Horst’s brother) that the Beatles had played at the strip club, Studio X.
The American edition, published by Chicago Review Press, has a paperback cover. There are also German, French and Italian editions. Only the Omnibus edition is available through this website and copies can be signed and dedicated if you wish.
“Spencer Leigh has succeeded in conveying the spirit of the period with great accuracy. He writes in an authentic, sensitive and honest manner, and all with a good touch of British humour.” (Klaus Voormann)
“Incredibly well researched.” (Billy Butler, BBC Radio Merseyside)
“Snappy and witty and with recollections from a host of musicians and assorted bystanders who really give you a flavour of what it must have been like.” (Jeff Slate, examiner.com)
“Required reading for any Beatles aficionados. It should also be fascinating for those intrigued by early 1960s musical subcultures.” (Under The Radar)
“Full of interesting titbits” (Charlie McGettigan, Shannonside Radio, Ireland)
“Full of facts, photographs, and old and new quotations from those who were there.” (Review, Beatlesbible.com)
“I have just finished this book and highly recommend it.” (Zig, Beatlesbible.com)
“Engrossing, lively and glossy” (Andrew Matson, Seattle Times)
“We had three visits to the Top Ten in Hamburg and this book is a wonderful record of 60’s Hamburg.” (Rick Meek, Denny Raven and the Sabres)