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Colin Hanton tells all -                 now on film!

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In collaboration with music journalist Colin Hall, who by coincidence is also the curator of “Mendips”, John Lennon’s former home, our drummer, Colin Hanton wrote his memoirs a couple of years ago. Mark Bentley, an attorney in Florida and a big Beatles fan, happened to read Colin’s book and decided that it would make a great documentary. Under the direction of filmmaker Todd Thompson of Stars North Films and with the support of Doug Schwab of Liverpool West Productions Inc. the movie is almost complete. Audiences were given a sneak peek “first look” at PRE-FAB! on Friday, April 8th where it was selected to be the prestigious Opening Night Film at the Florida Film Festival.

Sadly Colin was unable to be present, having been unlucky enough to have tested positive for Covid the day before he was due to fly to the USA. However his co- author, Colin Hall, was 100% OK and did make the trip. The “first look” screening on Opening Night was a great success and we can’t wait for the film to be shown here in the UK. As well as telling drummer Colin’s own story, how he played from 1956 to 1959 in the pre-Beatle days, with John, Paul and George, the film also features appearances by Billy Bragg, Peter Asher, Bob Harris and Mark Lewisohn. This is the story of the Quarrymen, the band that gave birth to the Beatles, and serves to bookend the story of the Fab Four in conjunction with Peter Jackson’s “Get Back”.

Here is a link to the trailer!:   

and this is a link to Stars North, the company who made the film, where you can also find the trailer: 

We are awaiting a new edition of Colin’s book, so when it is available again you will be able to buy copies via this website.

Some photos from the Opening Night!

Right to left: Director Todd Thompson
Colin Hall, Doug Schwab & Sylvia Hall

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The Festival had even hired a Skiffle Group to greet people to the theatre.... they played a marvellous version of “Rock Island Line” in honour of Col Hanton & the Quarrymen.

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Sylvia and Colin Hall, pictured with Mark Bentley from Tampa, Florida, who was so inspired when he read Colin Hanton’s story that he decided to turn it into a documentary....and so the movie was born. He enlisted the services of ace film-maker, Todd Thompson (at the end in this photo) and so the journey from page to screen began in 2018.

Colin Hanton was extremely disappointed not to be at the Opening Night Screening but entrusted Colin Hall to continue as his representative at the show. He told Colin ”I know I can rely on you.” It had been an honour and a privilege for Colin Hall to be asked to write “PreFab!” with Col Hanton in the first place, but now he felt an even greater sense of responsibility!

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Here’s Colin Hall joining in on “Rock Island Line”... they had prepared a snare drum and some sticks for Col H. which we can see the washboard player is using in his absence. 

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Another Quarrymen CD?

On Sunday 8 March 2020 the Quarrymen - Colin, Len, Chas and Rod - recorded a live CD in front of a specially invited audience. This took place at the Penny Lane Development Centre in Penny Lane itself, which is where Colin held his book launch in 2018. It’s a great little venue and Julie and her staff made us all most welcome. The CD captures the atmosphere of a Quarrymen live performance, with their - often rambling - introductions and asides, as well as a selection of significant songs from the Quarrymen’s history. The performance was recorded by Alan Lewis of Glass Studios, Birkenhead, who also produced the master.

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1: Maggie May
2: Rock Island Line
3: Lost John
4: Freight Train
5: Matchbox
6: Puttin’ on the Style

  7: Mean Woman Blues
  8: Come go with me
  9: In Spite of all the Danger
10: That’ll be the Day
11: Besame Mucho
12 That’s all right, Mama
13: Blue Moon of Kentucky

14: Don’t be cruel
15: One after 909
16: In my Life
17: Blue Suede Shoes
18: Twenty Flight Rock
19 Never stop Rockin’ ‘n’ Rollin’

Great! So where can I buy a copy?