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Past event held on Tuesday 12 March

The Liverbirds: Mary McGlory and Sylvia Saunders in conversation
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The Liverbirds by Mary McGlory and Sylvia Saunders
The Liverbirds is published by Faber & Faber in hardback at £20.

Mary McGlory and Sylvia Saunders

The Liverbirds

Our life in Britain’s first female rock’n’roll band

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.