Allan Williams paid Bob Azurdia, the Mersey Beat columnist to write his story. Allan later gave the the manuscript to me and I still have it. The Beatles are hardly mentioned in it. Bill Marshall, the Daily Mirror correspondent who was based in Liverpool then, was a friend of Allan's and always in the Blue Angel. The two of them came into the Mersey Beat office to see what Virginia and O were doing and laughed at us, saying it was ridiculous. Remember, initially, we, the Beatles and other members of the local scene were banned from the Blue Angel as Allan wanted it to become a sophisticated night club! Then, when the Beatles became mega, Marshall suggested he ghost Allan's book. In the early 1980s I arranged for Bill to interview Kim Wilde as he was now based in London. I brought the book along for him to sign. He told me it was mainly his book because he made so much of it up. You only have to see the beginning where he wrote that Allan was their manager and had the contracts, slightly singed and burnt, to prove it. What he forgot to mention was that they were not management contracts, they were just the agency contracts Allan had done to book the Beatles into Hamburg. He called himself an agent at the time, not manager.
Paul McCartney wrote the story of them backing Janice the stripper in a detailed letter to me, which I published in Mersey Beat. It's reproduced in full in the 'Beatles' section of my site www.mersey-beat.com
. The stripper's name was Janice, but in 'The Man Who Gave the Beatles Away' I think Allan/Bill got the name wrong and called her Shirley - this is probably because Allan couldnt remember and Bill then made a name up.