After being forced to retire from work at the age of 35 through ill health, David found therapy in studying The Beatles and Liverpool.

He spent 9 years working on his first book which has received international acclaim, and his second book “The Fab 104” has been universally lauded.

He is publishing a new book on The Beatles drummers with Garry Popper called “Looking for the Fourth Beatle” and is associate producer for the film “Looking for Lennon”.

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“Looking for the Fourth Beatle”

From the author of “Liddypool” and “The Fab One Hundred & Four” and the film producer of “Get Back” and “Looking for Lennon”

For the first time

..the Complete Chronicle of the ‘forgotten’ Beatles’ who played their part in the long quest for a drummer.

“They’d had a succession of drummers through the years and finally found one who integrated, someone who fitted. Until this point it was always John, Paul, George and a drummer

Neil Aspinall. Former CEO of Apple and the Beatles first road manager.

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A Special Collector’s Numbered Limited Edition

High Quality Hard Back - plus

A Double CD featuring 44 Rare Song Tracks

The fourth Beatle was Ringo, right?  Wrong!

How about John, Paul, George and Norman?

Or John, Paul, George and Tommyor Johnnyor Terry?

Or even Ronnie the Ted!  Ronnie the who? Exactly!


Ringo Starr wasn’t the fourth Beatle. He wasn’t even the last! Half a century and hundreds of books after the Beatles went their separate ways, “Looking For The Fourth Beatle” has finally pieced together the untold story of the Fab Three’s long quest for a permanent drummer - and how close the problem came to ending their dreams on several occasions, including those of their manager, Brian Epstein!

Thanks to their unrivalled network of sources Liverpool author’s David Bedford and Garry Popper have produced an in-depth investigation into the origins of the Fab Ones themselves, too. As a result “Looking For The Fourth Beatle” reads like a thriller, mapping each crisis in the Beatles struggle for fame and fortune. It’s a roller-coaster story that tells it like it really was - a long and winding road paved by ruthless ambition and farce – none more vividly detailed than the panicked conspiracy to dump drummer Pete Best; one of darkest and longest controversies to engulf the band.

Highlights include:

Those drummers who were almost the "Fourth Beatle", and those who weren't

In-depth analysis of the failed Decca audition, and EMI sessions in 1962

PLUS why Brian Epstein didn't sign the first Beatles contract

How Ringo Starr joined The Beatles - and who else was asked before him

A previously unknown Beatles contract

The vindication of Pete Best and a celebration of Ringo Starr  

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