The Founders' Story

Bill & Virginia Harry  

Beatle Paul McCartney and Mersey Beat Founder Bill HarryIn the mid-1980's he returned to publishing by launching 'Tracks', a monthly magazine devoted to new album released - the first of its kind.

He then concentrated on writing books and has had 20 published so far, in addition to editing two newsstand magazines on the Beatles.

Bill and Virginia's son, Sean, is an actor who has also followed in his father's footsteps in the world of science-fiction.

Bill and Virginia hope to return to Liverpool by founding a 'Mersey Beat Village', the world's first custom-built rock 'n' roll village, which they hope will put Liverpool back on the musical map.

It's a venture endorsed by Sir Paul McCartney and supported by Liverpool MP's Peter Kilfoyle and Louise Ellman, in addition to MEP's such as Richard Corbett.

In 1994 Bill was presented with a gold award for a 'Lifetime Achievement in Music' by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). Although proud to have been recognized by his peers, he regrets not having any acknowledgement from his home city.

He has appeared on more than 350 television and radio shows over the years in Britain, America, Europe and the Far East; was programme assistant to the Rediffusion documentary 'Beat City'; programme assistant to the BBC 'Everyman' documentary on John Lennon, 'A Day In The Life' and programme assistant on the documentary 'The Story Of Mersey Beat.' He was chosen by the British Council to represent them in Hong Kong to promote the Beatles.

Bill acknowledges that Mersey Beat would never have happened but for Virginia's faith and support, particularly through very difficult times during the early years. She was the person who gave up her job to work full time on the publication, tackling the hard tasks of chasing the funds for advertising and sales, championing many of the groups and artists. He admits that she is really the unsung heroine behind Mersey Beat.

Bill acted as Press Agent for a number of major artists and popular clubs:

The Beach Boys
Blodwyn Pig
David Bowie
Keith Chegwin
Chicken Shack
Christine Perfect
Cockney Rebel
David Prowse
The Electric Prunes
The Hollies

Hot Chocolate
Jethro Tull
Bill Kenwright
The Kinks
Led Zeppelin
Liverpool Express
Maggie Bell
Mickie Most
Mott The Hoople

Our Kid
Pink Floyd
Procol Harum
Savoy Brown
Stone The Crows
Suzi Quatro
Ten Years After
Terry Reid
Kim Wilde
The Revolution
The Speakeasy

His résumé also includes the management of Press Campaigns for a number of major record labels:
CBS Records
Charisma Records
EMI Records
Island Records
Rak Records

Bill's publishing credits include:
Mersey Beat: The Beginning Of The Beatles2
Heroes Of The Spaceways2
The Beatles' Who's Who3
The Book Of Lennon3
Ask Me Why5
The Book Of Beatles Lists5
The Beatles6
Paperback Writers4
Beatles For Sale4
The McCartney File4
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band7
The Ultimate Beatles Encyclopedia4
The Best Years Of The Beatles8
The Encyclopedia Of Beatles People9
Whatever Happened To...?9
The Beatles Encyclopedia (Revised edition)4
The John lennon Encyclopedia4
The Paul McCartney Encyclopedia4

1Everest Books
2Omnibus Press
3Aurum Press
4Virgin Books
5Javelin Books
6Beatle City
7Atlanta Press
9Blandford Press
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