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lennon's liverpool .....

Can't go to Liverpool without doing a report on The Cavern & Mathew Street & all things Beatlesque, can I? Mathew Street, location of both the original Cavern Club & its replicated version on the opposite side of the narrow street is, of course, a primary tourist destination. The original, the cellar of a warehouse at 10 Mathew Street, was closed down way back in the '70's. For 2 decades the only way in or out of this music haven was a very narrow very steep staircase down into the low-ceilinged concrete cellar. In its hey-day, there would be 100's of people down there, smoking allowed, a fire trap if ever there was one. No way out except that one narrow staircase.

 

While I was still living in Liverpool, a young teenager dancing in The Cavern, the original Beatles (no Ringo yet) were the houseband. They got to play when there was no guest band booked, Nobody took much notice really. Brian Epstein hadn't walked down those stairs yet. Hadn't started the wheel of destiny turning for a bunch of talented young Liverpool lads in blue jeans & leather jackets. That it came to pass that there's hardly a corner of the earth that hasn't heard of them has always been mind-boggling to one who was there at the very beginning.

 

image : this life-sized bronze statue of John ( longshot below) stands on Mathew Street, as if quietly contemplating where it all began across the way. People just love to have their pic taken beside John mimicking his pose. Strangely, this beautiful work has no artist's credit...not on or near the piece itself nor have I been able to find reference to the artist in any of the many google searches I've done. Some flickr posts have given credit to Liverpool sculptor Arthur Dooley but there is no statement of that fact in his biography or anywhere else (Dooley does have another small bronze piece of the Four Lads, with credit, on the wall above the Cavern's original location.) It's a puzzle! My current 'guess' is that Yoko Ono donated it......but with the proviso that she remain anonymous. Well, why not ? She is a mysterious one after all. *~*

  

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Taken on September 24, 2011