What a last day in Liverpool! In the afternoon, I found a used copy of Michael Braun's "Love Me Do: The Beatles Progress", which is quite rare to find in the States (I had to drive up to Amherst, MA to visit a college library when I was writing "The Beatles & The Avant-Garde because I wanted to quote from the book but didn't want to spend the money to buy it!) and sells for about $40, but I purchased it for just ₤2 (about $3).
I also made sure to snap a photo of Lime Street (mentioned in the track "Maggie Mae" off off the album Let it Be). I plan to use this shot on the back cover of a book about the album.
I then met again with Beatles author Spencer Leigh, who attended my presentation yesterday afternoon in Crosby. He invited me to BBC Radio Merseyside for an interview. Upon entering the building, visitors are greeted by Doris, a self-described "friendly dalek" (from Dr. Who).
According to Spencer, she's an actual film prop - not a replica.
Spencer was also kind enough to give me not one, but two of his books: "Tomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles on Record" (transcripts of highlights from the hundreds of interviews he has conducted), and "The Best of Fellas: The Story of Bob Wooler, Liverpool's First D.J., The Man Who Introduced The Beatles". I look forward to reading both of them, in addition to his book "Best of the Beatles: The Sacking of Pete Best", which I purchased earlier this week.
He then he took me on a personal walking tour of Liverpool, showing me all the significant Beatles locations. Many of them I couldn't possibly have found on my own, like the location of Brian Epstein's NEMS (North End Music Stores), which is now the site of a retail shop. with no mention of the prior resident.
He also took me into several pubs frequented by the Beatles. From the outside, they look like any other pub, but once inside, photos of the band in that particular location are posted all over the walls. Pretty neat to sit where they sat!
Additionally, he pointed out a statue by Tommy Steele (another Liverpudlian rocker) commemorating Eleanor Rigby - one I had never seen before, even in photo - and took my photo with the sculpture:
He also took me to another Beatles statue that I had never seen before, this one in-doors.
The evening was filled with the English premier of "The Influence of Rock 'n' Roll on the Beatles" at the Liverpool Central Library. Though it got off to a rough start (the library refused to introduce me, so I had to ask Joe Robinson, who attended my Crosby talk yesterday, to do the intro instead), but once it got off the ground the program went very well. Lots of great questions and discussion afterwards. One fellow recommended I watch the BBC documentary "Rock 'n' Roll Britannia", which I was able to find on YouTube:
Afterwards, Joe and I went for a bite to eat and chatted about the band. Apparently he is wrapping up a book as well, to be self-published within the next month.
Tomorrow I catch a bus from Liverpool back to London, where I will make my London debut:
Friday, 17 July 2015, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Charing Cross Library, 4-6 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0HF, United Kingdom
The Beatles: Band of the Sixties
Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.