I must admit to a strange but persistent lack of interest in the prehistory of The Beatles. I can offer no defense; do others feel the same way? Sure, the Hamburg stories are fun — hookers! strippers! possible murder of a drunken sailor! — but even then I feel a certain…impatience. I welcome any attempts to turn me around on this subject.
But even for a hard case like me, this exhaustive and lovingly curated collection of photos from the years before The Beatles were THE BEATLES is quite neat, and well worth a perusal. If you’re looking for early photos of the Beatles, The Savage Young Beatles is where you should start. I certainly learned a lot; for example, Tony Sheridan recorded “Ya Ya Parts 1 & 2.” Most artists would’ve stopped at 1, but Tony was like, “No. We’re doing ’em both.”