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Shake it Up, Baby

The Rise of Beatlemania and the Mayhem of 1963

by Ken McNab


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ISBN: 9781846976346
Published: 07 Sep 2023
Format: Hardback
Extent: 416
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Polygon
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About the Book

When BEATLEMANIA seized the nation: Relive the Mayhem of 1963

The Beatles broke up more than half a century ago, yet millions around the globe are still drawn to the legacy of four lads from Liverpool. It really shouldn't be like this. But, from the carefree innocence of 'A Hard Day's Night' to the experimental psychedelia of 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds', their message of love, peace and hope still resonates.

In Shake It Up, Baby! we go back to the start - to 1963, when they went from playing to a handful of people in the remote Scottish Highlands to four number one singles, two number one albums, three UK tours and being besieged by thousands of fans at gigs all over Britain.

Ken McNab tells the story through gripping, exclusive eye-witness accounts from those who were there: the Beatlemaniacs, the journalists, broadcasters and TV producers who were scrambling to make sense of it all, and the other bands who could only watch in awe as The Beatles went from bottom of the bill to headline act to biggest band on the planet.

The Author

Ken McNab

Ken McNab is a sports journalist with the Scottish Daily Mail, a lifelong Beatles fan and the author of The Beatles in Scotland and And in the End: The Last Days of The Beatles.

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