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Visiting Liverpool: Beatles places
23 September 2014
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The Jacaranda is set to be reopened.

A little bit from the article:

Mr Stanley and his team are even offering local musicians the opportunity to rehearse there for free, in exchange for a gig- just like original owner Allan Williams did for the Beatles.

He said: “Providing rehearsal space in exchange for live performances is our biggest tip of the hat to the Beatles and the Jacs heritage,hopefully it will allow new acts the same chance to form, grow and develop.

The mural painted by John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe has been restored to its former glory, 

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Ah, and I'll be in Liverpool next Tuesday... shame it's not opening sooner.

Good to hear the place is reopening again.

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24 September 2014
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^^ Always good to see you here, Emily.

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24 November 2014
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I recently had the pleasure of visiting both John Lennon & Paul McCartney 's childhood homes. I must say that the National Trust have done an exceptional job of providing an amazing tour and restoring the homes to feel as though you have just stepped into post-war Liverpool. I can't explain what it was like for me to be sat in Paul's lounge whilst envisaging John sat there in his glasses working on I Saw Her Standing There  or being stood in Mimi's porch where the lads rehearsed after being booted out; just breathing it all in. Incredible experience.

Anyone else taken the tour?

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24 November 2014
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@Mocker, several people in this thread mention a visit to those hallowed locations. I will have the pleasure next year. I hope I don't faint.ahdn_paul_02

9 February 2015
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How important is it to visit significant locations such as Strawberry Fields in Liverpool and Central Park in New York?

9 February 2015
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Hi, @Wood92. I moved your question over here. I hope you can find some some inspiration from the posts in this thread. We also have a thread for Joe's visits to Liverpool and Hamburg.

I think it is important enough to go see them that I am flying over in a few months. I better take a big cloth with me into 20 Forthlin Road to keep the drool from my chin from falling on the floor.

I'm not sure if we have a thread about the Central Park location. I'll take a look.

10 February 2015
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@Wood92 hello, I'm assuming the section you mean in Central Park "strawberry fields" which has the John Lennon Imagine memorial? 

I believe it is significantly important to visit these places if you can, having been my self to Liverpool and Central Park I feel as if I have a deeper understanding to the culture they were part of. 

hope this helps. :)  

 

Kind Regards 

14 February 2015
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Woohoo!!! Another place to visit in Liverpool...the central library.

Like the majority of libraries there is a 'Music' section (which is located on the third floor), unlike the majority of libraries the music section is one of the largest sections in the library and suitably so, as it's based in the city with perhaps the most famous of musical stories, the rise of The Beatles. With hundreds of books dedicated to ‘British music and culture’, ‘American music and culture’ and ‘music theory'. Next to the 'British music and culture' is the section that got us excited. The library is home to nearly 100 'Beatles books' such as 'Revolution in the Head' and the amazing 'The Beatles: Anthology' book and there are also a number of rare reference books that cannot leave the library.

On the top floor of the library you will find a few pieces of Beatles memorabilia encased in glass casing including original 'Merseybeat' posters, letters between Brian Epstein and the local council and also an essay handwritten by Paul McCartney , aged 10. The essay was written in 1953 in a competition open to all junior members of Liverpool's libraries which marked the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Paul's essay went on to win the under-11 category of the competition.

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Liverpool Central Library adds another reference point for knowledge about The Beatles to the city of Liverpool by giving anybody the option to learn as much as you can about the world's most famous band with the majority of books, CDs and DVDs that are available.

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15 February 2015
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And not to mention that it's a stunning piece of architecture, to boot. The atrium as you walk in is dazzling. (It also doesn't hurt that there's a small Costa càfe inside) The view from the roof is great, and you can see one or two Beatles sights/sites.

I had no idea about the Beatles memorabilia and books in the library - thanks. A good excuse return on my next visit!

Btw, @Ahhh Girl, you may well need that big cloth - Forthlin Road and Mendips are, for me, the most lovely, intimate experiences a Beatles fan can have. Certainly they're the places that I have felt 'closest' to them.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8@Father McCartney, I just hope I don't pee on myself like those screaming teenagers did at the concerts in the '60s. Really, though, the bigger fear is that I will break down with deep emotion and cry like a baby.

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X-posting the very unflattering Hey Dullblog entry on The Beatles Story museum.

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I went to the Beatles Story museum in 1996 (i think, certainly around that time - it may have been '98), found it to be pretty dire and vowed never to go back. Granted that was 20 years ago so it may have improved but i still have no interest in paying the fee to return and find out.

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris)

20 February 2015
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meanmistermustard said
I went to the Beatles Story museum in 1996 (i think, certainly around that time - it may have been '98), found it to be pretty dire and vowed never to go back. Granted that was 20 years ago so it may have improved but i still have no interest in paying the fee to return and find out.

Particularly at £15.

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20 February 2015
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parlance said

meanmistermustard said
I went to the Beatles Story museum in 1996 (i think, certainly around that time - it may have been '98), found it to be pretty dire and vowed never to go back. Granted that was 20 years ago so it may have improved but i still have no interest in paying the fee to return and find out.

Particularly at £15.

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Yip. Especially as that would buy me a nice Long and Winding tote bag.

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20 February 2015
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The idiot inside me wants to buy that now, luckily my slightly more intelligent conscious is winning over:

-"But ASJ, you only use tote bags to pick up books from the library".

"Yes but it's so colourful, look at the pretty colours."

- "Do you even know what language that is written in?"

"Japanese?"

-"YOU DON'T NEED THE STUPID TOTE BAG!"

*silence*

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A plaque honoring Brian was unveiled at his childhood home by the woman spearheading the effort and Julia , John's half-sister.

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24 February 2015
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8@Father McCartney, I just hope I don't pee on myself like those screaming teenagers did at the concerts in the '60s. Really, though, the bigger fear is that I will break down with deep emotion and cry like a baby.

Note: to @ me use cbatcu. See the changed-names @ directory for reference.

Ha! You might very well... I confess to, if not peeing myself, (now that would be very unseemly for a grown man), having a very large lump in my throat at both homes. I'm itching to do it again - this year, hopefully.

Thanks for the heads up on the name-tagging, @Ahhh Girl ahdn_george_06

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To anyone visiting Liverpool on a short stay, I recommend The Beatles' Liverpool, by Ron Jones. It's a handy, pocket-sized tome which proved very useful on my most recent trip, and includes a suggested succinct-yet-inclusive walking tour of the city centre's most important Beatle spots, which should take around two hours. Would be ideal in fact for any Beatle fans on a first-and-brief visit (or indeed any brief visit). My edition is published 2014, so feels current and there are a couple of decent little maps inside either flap. Not fully comprehensive, but not intended to be so - but nevertheless it was useful and interesting.

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Thanks for the book tip, @Father McCartney. I just ordered a copy. If you have any other tips, please let me know.

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