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city: liverpool

the casbah

from the beatles posted in music by elvis_crabs

Opened on August 29, 1959 by Mona Best, mother of original Beatles drummer Pete Best, the Casbah Coffee Club was located in the cellar of the Best's family home. It was a member's only club for her sons and her friends to meet up and listen to music.

The Quarrymen (John Lennon and Paul McCartney's band before the Beatles) went to the club to arrange a performance there. Mona Best agreed, but said she needed to finish painting the club. All of the Quarrymen grabbed some brushes and started painting, including spiders, dragons, rainbows and stars.

The paintings still exist, and the basement is a Grade II listed building with a blue plaque (by English Heritage) and is open to the public for tours. It also contains 1960’s musical equipment, amplifiers and original chairs.

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ringos childhood home

from the beatles, ringo starr posted in music by elvis_crabs

Ringo moved here with his mother as she remarried. He lived here from the age of three onward.

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the cavern club

from the beatles posted in music by elvis_crabs

The Cavern Club is a long-time running music venue in Liverpool. Most famously, The Beatles played their first (of a series) of gigs here on February 9, 1961. The club itself was located 3 floors underground. The band was starting to become known at this point, and they were making 25 pounds a week.

There is a statue of Lennon outside the Cavern Club.

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north end music store

from the beatles, john lennon posted in music by elvis_crabs

The North End Music Store (or Nems) used to be at this location. A young John Lennon would go here to listen to records.

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hessy’s music store

from the beatles, john lennon posted in music by elvis_crabs

In 1957, John Lennon was loaned five pounds by his Aunt Mimi to buy a Gallotone Champion guitar at this music store.

Today, Stanley Street is the thriving center of LGBT community in Liverpool.

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