An oral history of The Beatles in the words of almost 500 fans.
In the early 1960s, four boys from Liverpool changed the world of music forever. And today The Beatles are rightly recognised as the biggest act in music history, famed for hits from ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’ through to ‘Day Tripper’ and ‘All You Need is Love’. They had 17 UK and 20 US number 1 singles. Their singles compilation, 1, topped the album charts in 34 countries in the year 2000.
All Our Loving – A People’s History of The Beatles takes the reader back to Liverpool in the 1950s and accompanies John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr on their journey to stardom. It begins with John and Paul’s fateful first meeting at Woolton Village Fete in July 1957 and ends at Candlestick Park, San Francisco in August 1966. In less than ten years, The Beatles had conquered the world, leaving behind a glittering legacy of popular songs and concert memories that fans have carried with them for years.
There was no YouTube or Instagram then, no smartphones and selfies. Concert memories were made in the mind’s eye and captured in fans’ hearts and diaries, their stories shared with family and friends but otherwise unheard. Now The Beatles story can be told afresh with the publication of almost 500 of these memories of seeing the Fab Four in concert.
All Our Loving will take you back to the 1960s, when post-war black-and-white Britain was turning technicolour. Beatlemania brought long hair for boys and marked the start of the Swinging Sixties, with mini-skirts, birth control pills and London – and The Beatles – at the centre of everything.