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Sylvia Saunders

The Liverbirds: Our life in Britain's first female rock'n'roll band


Publication date: 14.03.2024


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In the early ?60s, four friends from Liverpool formed a band. But this is not the ?fab four? story we know . . .

Mary, Sylvia, Valerie and Pamela ? also known as The Liverbirds ? were one of the world?s first all-female rock?n?roll bands. At an early gig, backstage at the Cavern Club, a young John Lennon told them that ?girls don?t play guitars?. But they took that as a challenge. Despite the early scepticism, they won over tough crowds, toured stadiums, recorded two hit albums, and played with the Kinks, Rolling Stones and Chuck Berry ? all in the space of just five years.

Now, the two surviving members of the band tell their incredible story in full for the first time ? capturing a lost era of liberation and rock?n?roll, as they thrived in the vibrant Merseybeat music scene and formed a friendship that has endured through the decades.



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