Chronicling the story of the Beatles in their native city of Liverpool, this rock biography combines authoritative text with the most striking images from their time in the city. Documenting the seminal events of this English quartet?from the Beatles? childhood, the influence of Liverpudlian humor on their lyrics, and whether John was really a ?working class hero,? to the other acts that the Beatles played for, the influence of visiting American rock and rollers, and Brian Epstein?s pre-Beatles troubles?this recollection reveals the Fab Four?s evolution from the Quarrymen (an early version of the Beatles) to international musical icons. Combining exclusive interviews with musicians, promoters, club managers, and audience members as well as fans, friends, and family along with rare photographs and memorabilia, this history is the definitive, fully illustrated account of the formative years of the world?s most influential rock and roll band.