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Friday, 14 October 2011

Liverpool: 1971 Merseybeat Convention.



This, my friends, is gold. Various ghosts of Merseybeat (including, in one case, an ex-Silver Beatle) are seen ruminating upon the contemporary (and moribund) "scene", as it was in Liverpool at the dawn of the '70s.
Reporter Bernard Falk pokes around the Cavern (that's the actual pre-demolition Cavern, in glorious colour), and interviews the actual Allan Williams, who, complete with pint, sports the second most spectacular mutton-chops I've ever seen (see if you can spot the pair that best his elsewhere in this).
Top-notch stuff, and suffused with both a palpable sadness that back then, at that time, no-one much seemed to care anymore, and a sense that places such as the empty Cavern, as portrayed in this priceless footage, were about to be swept away forever. Palpable, I tell ye.
(I've just realised this cuts off a bit early, but you can see the end, together with other innareshting shtuffsh, HERE.)

2 comments:

  1. This is incredible stuff -- color footage of the actual Cavern, and an interview with Tommy Moore? Fantastic! Thanks for posting this. Sadly, the rest of the footage is blocked as being "not available" in my area, which is a bit rude of the BBC in this information age.

    By the way, the photographer in the clip introduced as having taken the first published picture of the Beatles -- would he be the one who shot the Mersey Beat poll winners shot of the band in their leather gear?

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  2. You can create a proxy, using FoxyProxy or similar, in order to view BBC "shtuffs" in the US or wherever. A Google search will throw up any number of sites giving instructions. Try it - it works.

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