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Beatles Yesterday and Today in Liverpool
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Friday, 06/06/08 2:47 pm] [Full Blog] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Beatles have had a bigger impact on Liverpool than any other band has had on a city, except for perhaps Graceland, which, come to think of it, isn't a city.

Of course you'll come across the Beatles, individually and together, especially as you walk down Mathew Street where they got their start at the Cavern Club. But you'll see images of them on places you least expect to find them and the effect becomes surreal. One great example is finding all four Beatles from the "Beatles For Sale" album blown up along the sides of some city buses.

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Also you'll run into images of them in odd and unusual places where you wouldn't think to find any Beatles related images or themes, such as at the Liverpool central Limestreet Train station, where there is a large Capital of Culture 08 wall banner with "Penny Lane".

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Or the Liverpool upper lobby of the office building where the Liverpool Echo and DailyPost resides has an interesting portrait of John Lennon that greets visitors as you come up the elevator. This portrait is part of a "100 Heads" exhibition.

Or the downstairs of a highly rated restaurant, 60 Hope Street, when you're waiting for a table to open upstairs and come across yet another image of John.

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Paul McCartney's image is also featured prominently in many of the European Capital of Culture 2008 banners and billboards which are scattered throughout the city. Their rivalry continues 28 years after John's death as to which one has their image displayed the most and Paul may be winning because of the 08 banner ads.

Last night French and German camera crews came to the Cavern before a standing room only audience to film the Mersey Beatles, a local Beatles tribute band that plays Thursday nights. (I covered them in a blog post last week.) Why does the legacy of the Beatles continue into the next generations, despite the band having broken up almost 40 years ago?

Because it's the music, the message of love and peace contained in the songs, and it's the sheer charisma of John, Paul, George and Ringo, and the deep friendship they had for one another, all of which continues to attract new audiences. Listening to Beatles music is sheer pleasure that will never change. So Liverpool, keep on rocking in 2008 and beyond!

This is Katie, signing off from Liverpool. Thanks for reading!

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