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    Beatles - A Copy of Mersey Beat Vol. 1, No. 1 (UK - 1962). Rare. Founded in 1961 by Bill Harry, one of John Lennon's classmates at Liverpool Art College, Mersey Beat carried all the news about all the local Liverpool bands, as well as stars who came to town to perform. This meant the Beatles had a close association with the mag, which carried numerous exclusive stories and photos of them and also published several of Lennon's early writings, including a history of the band and occasional comical faux classified ads written by him as space filler. This copy of the premiere issue is cover dated July 6-20, 1961, and features rockabilly pioneer Gene Vincent on the cover, the article "Being a Short Diversion on the Dubious Origins of Beatles" by Lennon, an editorial by Harry, and a review of the movie Spartacus. An incredible rarity the world over, this piece of Rock N' Roll history is a must-have for any Beatles collector or fan of the British Invasion. Six pages, measures 9.5" x 13". Fine condition, with light toning, scattered foxing at the edges, and minor handling wear.

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