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THE BEATLES STORY
IF YOU ARE APPRECIATIVE AND CURIOUS OF THE BEATLES.. ..THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU TO GO...VERY INFORMATIVE ABOUT THE LIVES...ESPECIALLY THE FAB FOUR...JOHN,PAUL,RINGO AND GEORGE. .THOUGH THE ORIGINAL QUARRYMEN,STU SUTCLIF ,PETE BEST ARE ALSO MENTIONED... ..ONE FIRST ENTERS INTO THE BEATLES STORE TO PURCHASE TICKETS...THEN YOU WALK THROUGH A NARROW ENTRANCE TO THE FIRST ROOM..AND ON THE TWO WALLS OF THE WALKWAY IS AN INDEPTH DESCRIPTION OF THE BEATLES.. NEXT I REMEMBER ENTERING WHAT THE STAR BAR WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE IN HAMBURG..WITH THE SOUNDS OF THEIR PERFORMANCES AND THE ATMOSHERE OF THAT CLUB.....
THERE IS ABBEY ROAD RECORDING EQUIPMENT AND EARLIER INSTRUMENTS THAT THEY USED INCLUDING THE OLD BEATLES SUITS.....THERE IS ALSO A REPLICA OF THE CAVERN WHERE THEY PLAYED DURING LUNCHTIMES AND IN THE EVENINGS ...IN THERE ALSO WAS..A ROOM WITH A LIFE SIZE SGT PEPPERS ALBUM COVER , THEN THE NEXT ROOM I ENTERED I WAS INSDE A YELLOW SUBMARINE. ..I SOON MADE MY WAY TO A ROOM DEDICATED TO JOHN LENNON AND THEN A ROOM DEDICATED TO PAUL McCARTNEY......DELIGHTFUL.. .TO ANY BEATLES FAN...AND THEN I HAD FINISHED THE TOUR AND RETURNED TO THE STORE WHERE I HAD BEGUN AND THERE ONE COULD BUY PLENTY OF T-SHIRTS AND WHAT EVER ELSE THEY HAD FOR SALE!!!! UNFORTUNATELY,CAMERAS WERE NOT ALLOWED IN THE MUSEUM.. I WOULD HAVE TAKEN A LOT OF PICTURES...A LOT !!!!
The Strange Case of Eleanor Rigby
Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?
On the outskirts of Liverpool close to Paul McCartney's childhood home and John Lennon's old school lies St Peter's Church. Walking around the grounds of this traditional parish church one can easily imagine it as the setting for this sad song. Perhaps not such a leap of the imagination as within the overgrown graveyard lies a tombstone bearing her name.
CRUISING THE STREETS OF LIVERPOOL
WHETHER IT IS AT NIGHT OR DURING THE DAY,I FOUND MYSELF SEEKING OUT THE PLACES THE BEATLES AS PEOPLE OF LIVERPOOL WOULD HAVE ROAMED..ALSO GOING ON THE FERRY ACROSS THE MERSEY WAS A TREAT AND A HALF FOR ME.. . THE FERRY HAD PLAYING THAT SONG DONE BY GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS FROM THE 60'S...VERY COOL FOR ME...ANYWAY...BACK TO THE STREETS OF LIVERPOOL. ..THOSE ARE TONS OF FOOTSTEPS TAKEN BY THE BEATLES MANY MOONS AGO...!!! VERY THRILLING TO ME. ..I WISHED I HAD GONE TO THE OLD CASBAH.. .THE JOHN LENNON AIRPORT...THE EPSTEINS HOUSE.. .BUT FOR THE MOST PART I WENT TO MOST OF THE PLACES I KNEW ABOUT!!!!!!!
All the loney people...where do they all come from
Another Beatles related statue, but this one is a bit special - I certainly found it moving.
Eleanor Rigby, from the name used in the Beatles song was actually sculptured by the pop singer Tommy Steele.
The plaque next to the monument dedicates it 'To All The Lonely People'
Interestingly, some years ago a grave was found near St Peter's Church in Woolton (where Paul met John) with the name Eleanor Rigby on it.
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Away with Captain Fred...
To say that much of the tourist industry in Liverpool is dependent upon the Fab Four is something of an understatement. A whole area of the city is named after the 'Cavern', there are museums and tours, and not forgetting the renamed airport.
At least it provides good material for public art, and one of the most arresting is the Yellow Submarine ready to visit Pepperland and the music-hating Blue Meanies.
The statue was originally built for the Garden Festival back in the 1980's but is now re-located to an area of open space between the river and the bus station.
Shall I sing it to you now ?
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Wall of fame
Opposite the famous Cavern Club there is a wall of fame, where all stars who ever played here are mentioned. There as well is a disk monument which shows all number one Uk hits that came from Liverpool bands. As for example the Lightning Seeds.
Roll up, roll up for the Magical Mystery Tour!
Step right this way...
Join other diehard or casual Beatles fans on this bus tour of the city, in one of the authentic MMT buses of the 1960's. The guide on our tour was young but well-versed in his Beatles trivia, and you pass all the major Fab Four landmarks...Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, the churchyard where John met Paul, the boyhood homes and birthplaces, etc.
It's a two-hour tour, and they let you get off at all the major landmarks for photo ops. Buy your tickets in advance by phone, or you probably won't fit on the bus!
The Cavern Club
Place of homage to hordes of Beatles fanatics, the Cavern Club is perhaps the most well-known club in the world.
It's a shame that most people only stop by for a photo opportunity outside the famous facade. The club is still a hotbed for Liverpool music talent and Beatles fans should try and coincide their visit with the Beatles tribute night which takes place on Saturdays.
The area known as the Cavern Quarter is worth exploring. There are numerous pubs and bars lining the narrow streets.
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There are places I remember...
20 Forthlin Road and Mendips, homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon
Organized by the National Trust, a tour departs by minibus to both of these homes several times a week (advance booking a must). The custodians of each house, Eric and John, are Beatles fans themselves and lucky enough to actually live in the houses where Paul and John lived until 1963, and where many of their best-known songs were written.
For a true Beatles fan, stepping into these houses and looking at many of the original furnishings is mesmerizing! You can sit right where Paul and John spent hours upon hours writing most of their early hits in Paul's living room. It was fabulous!
Booking in advance is a must--the tour departs Wednesday-Sunday (four per day), and there are only about ten spots on each tour.
Mendips on Menlove Avenue
First stop on the National Trust tour is Mendips, the boyhood home of John Lennon with his Aunt Mimi and her husband. John lived here until the Beatles were famous, so its full of history, and extremely well-preserved. The curator, who is coincidentally also named John, is a lovely guy with a great background in music. He lives in the house and guides this portion of the tour. You are free to wander around the house (only a few rooms are roped off) and walk into John's bedroom, the sunny kitchen and the porch where John and Paul practiced guitar and wrote songs, and the very pleasant sitting room.
Mimi ran a pristine house, and even by today's standards, Mendips is a very pleasant upper middle-class home.
This is where the house that John Lennon has spent his childhood years with his aunt Mimi exsists. The house is now owned by The National Trust or something like that and opened for public, although it had been not. And it was owned by someone private. So I couldn't distinguish which house was John Lennon's.
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THE BEATLES STORY
As you might have heard Liverpool is the home of the Beatles ;-) And of course the Beatles are the citiy's most popular tourist attraction!
There's a Beatles museum in Albert Dock. It looks like a bit of a tourist trap to me but from what it says on their website it might actually be quite nice. Unlike most museums in Liverpool this isn't free but rather pricey so I didn't have a closer look yet.
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....picks up the rice in a church where the wedding has been, lives in a dream ...
Unlike in the Beatles song Eleanor Rigby's staue doesn't pick up any rice and she definitely isn't alive - not even in a dream. But she is lonely! She is made out of bronze and she sits on a bench. Obviously Eleanor is dedicated to "all the lonely people!"
Inside the figure the artist - Tommy Steele - placed several things so that the statue is full of magical properties: An adventure book (for excitement), a page from the bible (for spiritual guidance), a clover leaf (for good luck), a pair of football boots (for action) and a sonnet (for love).
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Let me take you down....
Another landmark that any Beatles fan already knows inside out...the place where John Lennon would come as a teenager, hop over the gate to this children's home, and wander the gardens. Another stop on the Magical Mystery Tour--an invaluable must-do for a Beatles fan in Liverpool. Since many of these sites are not in downtown Liverpool, if you come without a car, this is by far the best way to see the major Fab Four landmarks. And the guide we had, a young DJ named Eric, was funny and entertaining. He even gave a quiz on Beatles trivia--I know a lot of Beatles trivia, but there was an older guy on board who apparently has done nothing but memorize concert dates and set lists, so I didn't win. :)
Visiting the Cavern Club
It was such a thrill to be able to visit this restored version of the original Cavern Club. This was the place I had wanted to see for so many years. To be on Matthew Street after reading about it for so many years was a once in a lifetime experience for me. And to be able to see what the birth place of The Beatles looked like was almost like taking a trip back in time. If you are not a Beatles fan and do not know what the Cavern Club is then this will mean nothing to you at all. But as up can tell it was a special moment for me.
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