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Liverpool loses another Beatles landmark
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Monday, 02/06/12 4:08 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The building located on Whitechapel that housed Brian Epstein's NEMS (North East Music Stores), and also the law offices of Rex Makin who was Brian's neighbor on Queen's Drive and had given Brian legal advice on the Beatles, is being torn down and will be demolished in phases over the next few weeks.

According to a local source familiar with the demolition project, the building was in need of major repairs, and the building office/store layout was poorly designed and unrentable for commercial tenants.

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Demolition of NEMS building in progress

NEMS was one of the top grossing record stores in the NorthWest and Epstein utilized his London based record company contacts established thru NEMS to setup auditions for the Beatles in early 1961 with Decca and later with EMI.

The Epstein family's NEMS store was located less than a block away from the landmark Mathew Street Cavern Club where Brian Epstein heard the Beatles play for the very first time on November 9, 1961.

NEMS played a critical role for Brian who used the upstairs offices to meet privately with the Beatles to discuss managing them and later formed NEMS Management as Brian spent more and more of his time managing performing artists, starting with the Beatles and then signing Gerry and the Pacemakers, followed by other artists such as Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, and Cilla Black.

Perhaps some day the Liverpool City Council might consider installing a plaque outside the site of the original NEMS store honoring the important role that NEMS played in the early history of Brian Epstein and the Beatles. This plaque could be part of a Beatles walking tour in Liverpool. The Epstein Theater, formerly known as the Neptune Theater, was recently renamed after Brian Epstein and is located within a short 5 minute walk of the former NEMS building and Mathew Street.

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