Rock bands have been an important part of Liverpool's culture and identity since the 1950s, and a 1980 survey discovered the existence of over 1,000 bands in the city. This book delineates and discusses rock culture in Liverpool as a way or style of life, highlighting its associated conventions, rituals, norms, and beliefs at a particular point in time, within the city's own unique social, economic, cultural, and political environment. It deals with the hitherto little explored music-making by local, amateur rock bands, that are precariously poised between success and failure, caught between the urge for original creativity and the pressures of the record industry. Their struggle is discussed in detail within the context of their social and cultural lifestyle and the commercial environment within which they operate. Broad artistic and social issues are examined in great detail, through the biographies of a few specific bands, notably The Jactars and Crikey it's the Cromptons!Cohen, Sara is the author of 'Rock Culture in Liverpool Popular Music in the Making' with ISBN 9780198161783 and ISBN 0198161786.