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The Beatles in Scotland

Popular Music & Culture
Publication Date
06 September 2012
Out of Print – available as an eBook only
Out of Print (Available as an eBook)
Birlinn Limited

The Beatles in Scotland


eBook also available from the iBookstore

'One of the most audacious additions to Fab Four literature’ — The Herald

'custom built for the Christmas stocking of every rock dad’ — Sunday Times

The Fab Four: George, John, Paul and Ringo, a quartet of working-class kids whose magical songs and revolutionary influence still inspires four decades on. More has been written about The Beatles than any other rock group in history and it is difficult to imagine that there remains anything new to say, but lifelong Beatles fan Ken McNab reveals for the first time, in intimate detail, the pivotal part Scotland played in the genesis of the group and the extraordinary connections that were fostered north of the border before, during and after their meteoric rise to global fame.

McNab follows The Beatles as rough and ready unknowns on their first tour of Scotland in 1960 and again, in 1964, as all-conquering heroes. He also discovers that the momentous decision to break up the band was made in Scotland. The personal association to Scotland is highlighted too with details on the McCartneys’ lives in Mull of Kintyre and Lennon’s childhood holidays in Durness.

With these new and previously unheard stories, The Beatles in Scotland will appeal to any Beatles fan. It’s a fantastic celebration and a uniquely Scottish magical mystery tour. The book contains eyewitness accounts and previously unheard anecdotes from the band’s Scottish tours. You will discover the truth about McCartney’s Kintyre drug busts and Lennon’s Highland car crash. McNab pays tribute to the Scots who helped create the myth of the Fab Four including legendary photographer Harry Benson.

Ken McNab is a lifelong Beatles fan and well-respected journalist with Scotland’s Evening Times. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and children.