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  Nurmesjärvi, Terhi (2000), "Liverpudlian identity on the early Beatles, 1957-62." In: Yrjö Heinonen, Jouni Koskimäki, Seppo Niemi and Terhi Nurmesjärvi (eds.), Beatlesstudies 2. History, identity, authenticity. Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä (Department of Music, Research Reports 23), 2000, 87-110.
  Nurmesjärvi's article belongs to the type of local identity or scene studies. Her study is mainly based on writings of Sara Cohen, concerning Liverpool's music scene, issues of identity and the construction of locality through music. Nurmesjärvi claims that while Merseybeat did not decisively renew the music, it reinforced the local identity. She further suggests that this identity was more of a social, political, and even economic phenomenon rather than a musical one, even though it combined all factors. She closes the article by raising the question of whether Merseybeat would have occurred at all without the prior existence of a strong local identity.
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