Ok so far we visited three places that the early Beatles played. This one on May 30th, 1960 coming up to it's 54th anniversary next Friday! This club/bar was owned by Allan Williams and he got them gigs there when he couldn't find anywhere else for them to play. Located on Slater Street in Liverpool. Now my question is, this is another place that Liverpool wants to rip down! Do they have a thing against there beloved sons? If they keep on going like this there won't be anything left! How do they keep castles going for a thousand years and wipe out other buildings in just 50 years?
I think Mr M needs to answers some of your concerns Rocky. I think some of the buildings relating to recent UK musical culture such as the original Cavern, Wigan Casino, Eric's and The Hacienda et al played a massive role in UK and global popular culture but this has never seemed important to the UK powers that be in regards to preserving the iconic buildings. In fact if you recall the documentary posted about the preservation of John Lennon's home by English Heritage do you recall the snobbish attitude given towards Ringo. I could not imagine the same comments being made about and ancient Royal Palace for example yet these buildings are important to future generations showing how from incredible humble beginning a global music culture exploded onto the world at large.
Even buildings such as the Bronte Parsonage, Jane Austin's home and Robert Burns homes was only saved through a mixture of good luck and hard work by fans from the era. Even Shakespeare's first folios only exist because his mates collected as many of his plays as they could and had them printed out of their own pocket.
I think if the really powerful in the UK had their way the likes of The Beatles would fade from history as they broke all the existing hierarchy in the 1960's.
I think future generations will not look on the UK kindly for loosing so much late 20th century cultural touchstones when saving them would have been easier than at any point in history.
We were in Liverpool last June and stayed just around the corner from Slater Street. We were hoping to visit the Jac but it was going through a refurbishment, so I cannot say what the new Jac is like...but at least it hasn't been pulled down. We went there about 10 years ago one Easter as there was some Beatle related live bands performing. It was very run down, as I think the owners were trying to preserve that 60's feel. I remember seeing some artwork on the walls but not sure if this was the mural completed by Stuart Sutcliffe. I only hope that whatever the owners have done to the Jac it's sympathetic to it's history.
Fiendish Thingy: Thanks Bobber. I'm good thanks. Quiet on here for the last few months. I see Al has gone all 'Facebook' and is attracting new members. No bad thing. Are you going to the annual Beatleweek in Liverpool this year? Not long now 10 weeks or so. See you there?
Jun 21, 2019 10:44:22 GMT
Mr Kite: I`ll see you there F.T.
Jun 22, 2019 21:53:51 GMT
Bobber: Not sure. It's an expensive trip for me plus I'm starting a new job around that time.
Jun 25, 2019 11:06:14 GMT
Amadeus: Hey all. Not been frequenting here very much lately. Between burying people, helping sick people and feeling crap myself, Me and Mrs. A. have been weighed under. Hoping to get a bit more out of that rut so I can focus back on the fun things I used to focus
Jun 26, 2019 19:56:52 GMT