It’s 1987, and The Beatles are gathering in Liverpool for a reunion, 25 years after John Lennon walked out during the recording of Please Please Me taking George & Ringo with him. Paul Montana is now a famous Vegas crooner and is returning home for the first time since 1962. LIVERPOOL FANTASY examines the hazards of friendship, life as a rock ‘n roll musician, and what a world without the Beatles looks like.
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About the Author
Larry Kirwan is leader of the Irish-American rock band Black 47 with whom he has released thirteen CDs and appeared on Leno, Letterman and O’Brien. He has written twelve plays and musicals, five of which are collected in the book Mad Angels. He has also written 2 novels, Liverpool Fantasy (translated into Japanese, Spanish and Greek) and Rockin’ The Bronx, along with a memoir Green Suede Shoes. Kirwan hosts and produces Celtic Crush for SiriusXM Satellite Radio and writes a weekly column for the Irish Echo.
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Liverpool Fantasy based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Liverpool Fantasy starts off with a fascinating, alternate-history premise in that it explores a world where the Beatles broke up early and the impact that this has not only on the members of the band itself but on British society. The un-Beatles are well-rendered, but it takes the author way too long to get to the payoff: a reunion between the now-famous Vegas singer Paul "Montana" McCartney and the rest of the band.
For most of us, 'Imagine there's no Beatles, is not easy if we try.' But in this beautifully conceived and written novel, which I couldn't put down for a minute, Larry Kirwan's gives us an Alternative World. It's a world that not only personalizes what happened to John, Paul, George and Ringo, but what happens to the world of culture and music without them. Very hard to put down, and hard not to hope for certain outcomes as one reads on, forgetting of course that The Beatles did not indeed break up in 1962. Thanks to Larry Kirwan for making my mind wander, explore and remember the days that thankfully did happen; the days of Revolver, Sgt Peppers, White Album, Abbey Road, Something New, Rubber Soul, etc etc etc.