“Twist & Shout! – Merseybeat, The Cavern, The Star Club & The Beatles” by Spencer Leigh. Nirvana Books (2004) ISBN 0 9506201 5 7
Price £15 (UK), $30 (US), €25 (EU).
2004 reissue of Let’s Go Down The Cavern with much additional material. Includes full Merseybeat discography.
“The nearest anyone has ever come to capturing the spirit of Merseybeat.” (Amanda Griffiths, Lancashire Life)
“This book is unique for it not only deals with the Fab Four’s early career but offers an extensive insight into the origins of the whole Merseybeat scene.” (Ray O’Brien, Beatles Unlimited)
“As a native Liverpudlian who discovered rock’n’roll at the same time as the Fabs, Leigh can write about the city and its music scene with an authority other authors lack.” (Gillian Gaar, Goldmine)
“By the way, I just wanted to tell you, Twist and Shout! was terrific. It really re-created the feel of that time and place and it was a really entertaining and informative read. It gave me something to do between shows on the rest of the tour and I finished it when I got back to the States. Great work.” (Dean Friedman, following his UK tour, 2005)
PLEASE NOTE – I have just noticed that the only copies I have left are faulty. Everything is there but the pages 51-90 are repeated.