The Cavern Club: Rise of the Beatles and Merseybeat (Anglais) Broché – 1 janvier 2016
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'When we got into the Cavern, we were hit by that fabulous, intoxicating smell of cheap perfume, disinfectant and rotting fruit, which was very heady for 14-year-olds. The Beatles kicked into 'Some Other Guy' and that was like the end of life for me, and a whole new life began from that very moment.' --Willy Russell, 'Educating Rita' and 'Shirley Valentine'
'Spencer Leigh, arguably one of the foremost experts on the times and a journalist and broadcaster of true distinction when it comes to the era and the Beatles.' --Liverpool Sound and Vision
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This book has a foreward written by Sir Paul McCartney and this immediately informs us of a very important fact. What is important – really important – about the Cavern, the reason why books are still being written about it, is that the Beatles played there so many times. Allan Williams once stated (and I paraphrase here) that it was not the Cavern which made the Beatles, but the Beatles which made the Cavern, and it is undeniable that they are central to this book.
The Cavern may have started as a jazz club, owned by Alan Sytner until 1959 when it was sold to Ray McFall, but eventually Beat took over. Indeed, the club has had many different owners and many different incarnations. I recall in the early 1980’s being taken by Bob Wooler to be shown the car park, where, somewhere underneath the road and the rubble, were the remains of the Cavern. However, despite the fact that the Cavern has been opened and closed and moved and re-opened - now a back to front replica of the original exits in a Mathew Street, and a city, which have finally begun to realise the pulling power of the Beatles; even the rubble of the former club was enough to attract fans. So, if you are a Beatles fan, you will certainly find a lot to interest you in this book – a wealth of memories, anecdotes and colourful characters populate these pages.
Spencer Leigh has, though, done his best to tell the story of the club itself in this book and not just the Beatles. He gives a diary of dates, with each band listed giving rise to interviews and stories as he darts off and heads in different directions. We read of how Beat music threatened the popularity of jazz, of the ‘head of security’ (bouncer) Paddy Delaney and club DJ Bob Wooler (I highly recommend Spencer Leigh’s brilliant biography of this Liverpool legend, “The Best of Fellas”) of the many stories of all who played and worked there and of the clubs changing fortunes over the years.
Of course, though, the Beatles are central and Spencer Leigh does give the year 1962 its own chapter, as it was so essential to Merseybeat in general and the Beatles in particular. He also dwells on 1961 – when the Beatles returned from Hamburg and played that oh-so-important concert at Litherland Town Hall which led to promoters signing them up for concerts around the city; while Bob Wooler scuttled off to Ray McFall to insist that he book them at the Cavern. Although earlier incarnations of the band had played there before, 1961 saw George Harrison and Stuart Sutcliffe both climbing the Cavern stage for the first time.
So, if you love music, the Beatles or have an interest in the history of the Cavern, you will certainly enjoy this book. From Brian Epstein descending the steps to see this band he had heard so much about, ot a drunk Jet Harris of the Shadows falling off the stage, to the rise of Merseybeat and the breakout of the Beatles to nationwide (and then worldwide) success, there is so much to enjoy in this book. A fascinating account of one of the most important clubs in the world and a wholly enjoyable read for music lovers in general and Beatles fans in particular.
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