The Beatles in France

The Beatles in France

Things certainly went with a bang when the Beatles crossed the Channel to start their 18-day residency at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, in January 1964. But not in the way manager Brian Epstein and the Fab Four had hoped. The electrics at the grand old Parisian concert...
Adrian Henri

Adrian Henri

For serious devotees of Merseybeat, there was only one book worth owning in 1967. It was a slim volume of poetry – just 128 pages – and it cost three shillings and sixpence in old money. It featured three Liverpool poets – Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten...
Beatles’ Swansong

Beatles’ Swansong

More than 40,000 fans applied for tickets to see the Beatles play Liverpool’s Empire Theatre on Sunday December 5th 1965. The venue could only seat 2,250. So the concert, part of the band’s UK tour, was massively oversubscribed. The lucky ones, who paid 15 shillings...
Liverpool Docks

Liverpool Docks

In the early 1960s, the Liverpool Bay and the Mersey was a hive of activity with the regular arrivals and departures of ocean-going cargo liners, coasters, ferries and passenger liners. Added to this was tanker traffic for the various oil jetties and vessels inward or...
Remembering Brian Epstein

Remembering Brian Epstein

It was probably a bad idea for the Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein to snub a breakfast invitation from Imelda Marcos, the first lady of the Philippines. Especially as they were staying in her country. The Fab Four were in the Far East on a concert tour in July...
Everton in the 60s

Everton in the 60s

It wasn’t just the Beatles who put Liverpool on the map in the swinging ‘60s. Everton Football Club were flying high too, winning two league championships and an FA Cup under the watchful eye of manager Harry Catterick. Unlike Liverpool’s extrovert boss Bill Shankly,...