Exploring The Country of Liverpool

The Country of Liverpool is an exhaustive work linking Country and Western and Rock’n’Roll, between America and Liverpool.

Ringo with the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group
Ringo with the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group
Ringo with the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group

John Lennon biographer Jude Kessler has reviewed “The Country of Liverpool” for Culture Sonar:

“For 50 years, the well-worn tale of 1950s American music imported into the port city of Liverpool, England, via the Cunard Yanks has been the standard explanation for the “rise of the Beatles.” But in his new book, The Country of Liverpool, author David Bedford (LiddypoolThe Fab One Hundred and Four) views this simplistic theory as a bit like putting the cart in front of the horse.”

The Country of Liverpool
The Country of Liverpool

Jude concludes that:

The Country of Liverpool is an exhaustive work linking Country and Western and Rock’n’Roll, between America and Liverpool. Bedford’s book proves that long before The Beatles set foot on the Ed Sullivan Stage on 9 February 1964, the United States and Liverpool were already joined by a common love affair with Irish-inspired Bluegrass, Folk, Skiffle, and Country and Western, all of which led directly to the birth of Rock’n’Roll and the Mersey Beat.

This is that complete story.

-Jude Southerland Kessler (author of The John Lennon Series)”

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Author: David Bedford

David Bedford grew up in The Dingle, attended the primary school that Ringo Starr did, before moving to Penny Lane, where his three daughters attended Dovedale Primary School, where John Lennon and George Harrison had previously attended.His first book, "Liddypool" was published in 2009, now in its third edition. His second book, "The Fab one hundred and Four" was published in 2013, and his third book, "Finding the Fourth Beatle" was published in 2018. He was also the Associate Producer and Beatles historian for the documentary feature film, "Looking for Lennon".He is working on several other projects at the moment,

2 thoughts on “Exploring The Country of Liverpool”

  1. Dave,
    my husband loved country and western music and toured all the charity shops seeking out all the old country L’Ps. Unfortunately he died in 2015 and I have been left with 6 large plastic boxes full of country music. I also have c’ds, dvd’s and cassettes.
    I know the charity shops would take them off me, but wondered if you knew of anyone that would like them?
    His family originated from Lombard Street in West Derby, and I lived in Richard Kelly Drive, near Broadway. Thanks for your help. Wendy

    1. Hi Wendy,
      Thanks for contacting me. Sounds like your husband had a great collection. Did he collect local artists, international artists or a mixture? I can then see if I can make some arrangements for you, as well as maybe finding some gems there too. I am trying to accumulate as many albums, tapes, records etc for the local artists to create a library somewhere.

      Thank you for getting in touch and I look forward to hearing from you

      Dave

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