This locally produced entertainment publication was founded by Bill Harry in 1961. The paper featured news about Liverpool bands, and music stars who performed in the city.
Brian Epstein was one of the paper's main supporters. Before he became the Beatle’s manager he wrote a regular column about new record releases available at his stores - North End Music Stores. In this edition you can see a front page advert for NEMS.
Exclusive interviews and photographs of The Beatles were featured in many issues as their popularity soared under Brian’s management.
Later, Brian and Harry worked together to create a national music paper, however it was not to last.
The final edition of Mersey Beat was produced in 1964.