The Other Fab Four

The Remarkable True Story of the Liverbirds, Britain's First Female Rock Band


By Mary McGlory

By Sylvia Saunders

Read by Sylvia Wiggins

Read by Mary McGlory

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For readers of Sheila Weller’s Girls Like Us comes a fiercely feminist, heartwarming story of friendship and music about The Liverbirds, Britain’s first all-female rock group.

The idea for Britain’s first female rock band, The Liverbirds, started one evening in 1962, when Mary McGlory, then age 16, saw The Beatles play live at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, the nightclub famously known as the “cradle of British pop music.” Then and there, she decided she was going to be just like them—and be the first girl to do it.
Joining ranks in 1963 with three other working-class girls from Liverpool—drummer Sylvia Saunders and guitarists Valerie Gell and Pamela Birch, also self-taught musicians determined to “break the male monopoly of the beat world”—The Liverbirds went on to tour alongside the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and Chuck Berry, and were on track to hit international stardom—until life intervened, and the group was forced to disband just five years after forming in 1968.
Now, Mary and Sylvia, the band’s two surviving members, are ready to tell their stories. From that fateful night in 1962, when Mary, who once aspired to become a nun, decided to provide for her family by becoming a rich-and-famous rocker, to the circumstances that led to the band splitting up—Sylvia’s dangerously complicated pregnancy, and the tragic accident that paralyzed Valerie’s beau—The Liverbirds tackles family, friendship, addiction, aging, and the forces—even destiny—that initially brought the four women together.


  • “A vivid portrait of the ’60s music scene, full of good stories about themselves and a surprising number of other celebrities of the era. An utterly charming reminiscence by two members of a band that made its own kind of history in the wake of the Beatles.”
    Kirkus, Starred Review
  • “[A] colorful and energetic look into an electric period of rock and roll history. Classic rock fans will be charmed.”
    Publishers Weekly

On Sale
Mar 12, 2024
Hachette Audio

Mary McGlory

About the Author

Sylvia Saunders and Mary McGlory are founding members of The Liverbirds, an all-female rock band from Liverpool active in the 1960s. Their feminist memoir of music and friendship, recounting their rise to success, will be published in 2024 by Faber in the UK and Grand Central in the US.

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