The Mersey Sound

Restored 50th Anniversary Edition

Author: Adrian Henri,Brian Patten,Roger McGough

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014119085X

Category: Poetry

Page: 160

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'The Mersey Sound is an attempt to introduce contemporary poetry to the general reader by publishing representative work by each of three modern poets in a single volume, in each case the selection has been made to illustrate the poet's characteristics in style and form'. With this modest brief, The Mersey Sound was conceived and first published in 1967. An anthology which features Roger McGough's work, alongside that of Brian Patten and Adrian Henri (The Liverpool Poets), it went on to sell over half a million copies and to become the bestselling poetry anthology of all time.

The Mersey Sound

Liverpool's Language, People and Places

Author: Anthony Grant,Clive Grey

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social Science

Page: 248

View: 2759


The Beat Makers

The Unsung Heroes of The Mersey Sound

Author: Anthony Hogan

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 144567209X

Category: Music

Page: 208

View: 8746

The stories of the bands and the people who made Liverpool the home of Rock 'n' Roll in the early sixties.

The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four [2 volumes]

Everything Fab Four

Author: Kenneth Womack

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313391726

Category: Music

Page: 1116

View: 2708

A fascinating look at the history of the Beatles, from their formative years through the present day, as detailed in hundreds of entries chock-full of information never before shared with the public. • Offers unprecedented insights into the Beatles' collective and solo releases, as well as the people and places that impacted their work • Analyzes their complete body of work along with the instrumentation and recording sessions behind the music • Tells the story of this iconic group through compelling entries written with a clear focus on readability

Postcolonial Manchester

Diaspora Space and the Devolution of Literary Culture

Author: Robert Crawshaw

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1526120011

Category: Immigrants' writings, English

Page: 304

View: 2676

Postcolonial Manchester offers a radical new perspective on Britain's devolved literary cultures by focusing on Manchester's vibrant, multicultural literary scene. Referencing Avtar Brah's concept of 'diaspora space', the authors argue that Manchester is, and always has been, a quintessentially migrant city to which workers of all nationalities and cultures have been drawn since its origins in the cotton trade and the expansion of the British Empire. This colonial legacy - and the inequalities upon which it turns - is a recurrent motif in the texts and poetry performances of the contemporary Mancunian writers featured here, many of them members of the city's long-established African, African-Caribbean, Asian, Chinese, Irish and Jewish diasporic communities. By turning the spotlight on Manchester's rich, yet under-represented, literary tradition in this way, Postcolonial Manchester also argues for the devolution of the canon of English Literature and, in particular, recognition for contemporary black and Asian literary culture outside of London. The book is organised around those predominant literary modes that have dominated Manchester's literary scene over the past forty years: namely, crime fiction, mixed-genre anthologies and 'poetry in performance'. In addition, it seeks to capture Manchester's distinctive postcolonial identity through a wide-ranging exploration of its history, literature and popular culture, while exploring the challenges involved in publishing Manchester's black and Asian writers. Throughout the volume, the discussion is concerned with the production and consumption of the texts as well as their subject matter. The book concludes by detailing in-depth interviews with several of the writers featured elsewhere in the volume. This book will be of interest to students and scholars working in the fields of contemporary literary and postcolonial studies, as well as general readers with an interest in Manchester.

A Gallery to Play to

The Story of the Mersey Poets

Author: Phil Bowen

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 184631125X

Category: History

Page: 198

View: 7513

A Gallery to Play to is an intimate account of the lives and careers of the poets Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten. With unparalleled access to the three writers, Phil Bowen has written an indispensable book for anyone interested in poetry, popular culture and society over the last forty years.

On the Mersey Beat

policing Liverpool between the wars

Author: Michael Brogden

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: History

Page: 184

View: 6354

A different kind of police history, this book tells the story from below -- from the rank and file officers trapped between the authoritarian dictates of their superiors and a realistically distrustful public. Historically, the major police mission has been to keep the streets clean of any group (young people, vagrants, bookies) that challenged by their presence and demeanor the moral mandate of policing. According to this oral testimony, police work in Britain was traditionally one of "policing strangers by strangers." Recent accounts of "community policing" have no historical pedigree. This account of between-the-war policing dicusses the effects of the Police Strike of 1919 on its participants, considers the ramifications of policework on family life, and documents the tedium of lonely beat work. It discusses the relationship between City Police, industrial workers and ethnic minorities, and recounts in individual testimony police interaction with bookies and prostitutes and the pettiness of CID work. This in-depth study will be of interest to students and scholars of criminology, sociology, history, and police studies.

Sound Tracks

Popular Music Identity and Place

Author: John Connell,Chris Gibson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134699123

Category: Science

Page: 336

View: 8743

Sound Tracks is the first comprehensive book on the new geography of popular music, examining the complex links between places, music and cultural identities. It provides an interdisciplinary perspective on local, national and global scenes, from the 'Mersey' and 'Icelandic' sounds to 'world music', and explores the diverse meanings of music in a range of regional contexts. In a world of intensified globalisation, links between space, music and identity are increasingly tenuous, yet places give credibility to music, not least in the 'country', and music is commonly linked to place, as a stake to originality, a claim to tradition and as a marketing device. This book develops new perspectives on these relationships and how they are situated within cultural and geographical thought.

Writing Liverpool

Essays and Interviews

Author: Michael Murphy,Deryn Rees-Jones

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 1846310733

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 5728

Beryl Bainbridge, Clive Barker, Terence Davies, and J. G. Farrell represent only a handful of the fascinating and provocative writers who have emerged from the Liverpool literary scene in the past seventy-five years. Published in commemoration of Liverpool’s 800th birthday in 2007 and in celebration of its status as a European City of Culture in 2008, Writing Liverpool presents a selection of essays and interviews with the filmmakers, journalists, cultural critics, and novelists who have called the city home—asking if there is a distinctive Liverpool voice, and if so, how we identify it.

The Beat Goes on

Liverpool, Popular Music and the Changing City

Author: Marion Leonard,Rob Strachan

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 184631190X

Category: Music

Page: 193

View: 9951

In 2001 the Guinness Book of Records declared Liverpool the “City of Pop” for producing more hit records than any other city. The Beat Goes On is a historical account of popular music in Liverpool that explores the contextual, creative, and geographical factors that have contributed to the city’s status as a major center of musical creativity. With contributions from experts in popular music history, cultural geography, ethnography, and musicology, alongside essays and interviews with Liverpool musicians and rare archival images, this volume offers an interdisciplinary exploration of the city’s unique place in the realm of popular music.

Educating Rita

Author: Willy Russell

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472536444

Category: Drama

Page: 192

View: 9236

'One way of describing Educating Rita would be to say that it was about the meaning of education ... Another would be to say that it was about the meaning of life. A third, that it is a cross between Pygmailion and Lucky Jim. A fourth, that it is simply a marvellous play, painfully funny and passionately serious; a hilarious social documentary; a fairy-tale with a quizzical, half-happy ending.' Sunday Times Educating Rita, which portrays a working-class Liverpool woman's hunger for education, premiered at the RSC Warehouse, London, in 1980 and won the SWET award for Best Comedy of the Year. It was subsequently made into a highly successful film with Michael Caine and Julie Walters and won the 1983 BAFTA award for Best Film. Commentary and notes by Steve Lewis.

The North

(And Almost Everything In It)

Author: Paul Morley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408834006

Category: History

Page: 592

View: 6557

Paul Morley grew up in Reddish, less than five miles from Manchester and even closer to Stockport. Ever since the age of seven Morley has always thought of himself as a northerner. What that meant, he wasn't entirely sure. It was for him, as it is for millions of others in England, an absolute, indisputable truth. Forty years after walking down grey pavements on his way to school, Paul explores what it means to be northern and why those who consider themselves to be believe it so strongly. Like industrial towns dotted across great green landscapes of hills and valleys, Morley breaks up his own history with fragments of his region's own social and cultural background. Stories of his Dad spreading margarine on Weetabix stand alongside those about northern England's first fish and chip shop in Mossley, near Oldham. Ambitiously sweeping and beautifully impressionistic, without ever losing touch with the minute details of life above the M25, The North is an extraordinary mixture of memoir and history, a unique insight into how we, as a nation, classify the unclassifiable.

Beat Waves 'Cross the Mersey

Author: M. Kuhlmann

Publisher: Valueguide

ISBN: 9781588502018

Category: Music

Page: 558

View: 2345

547 pages, 482 black & white illustrations, 7.4 x 9.7 inches 18.8 x 24.6 cm. Originally published as The Sound With The Pound, this revised and updated edition includes an additional 142 illustrations and 112 pages. A comprehensive anthology of the Merseybeat era, this book chronicles the complete stories of 164 Merseyside groups, plus an additional 100 line-ups and a list of 344 group names, for a total of 607 groups that were active in Liverpool and the surrounding area in the late 1950 s to the end of the Sixties. While most people are familiar with the Beatles, there is a universal misconception that they invented Merseybeat. However, nothing could be further from the truth as Merseybeat was under construction long before the Beatles exploded onto the scene. While not in any way attempting to detract from their ability, it is important that anyone interested in that era gives consideration to the other groups that were the backbone of this phenomenon. Merseybeat was a product created by the many hundreds of Liverpool groups that played there. Many of them were awarded recording contracts, some of which resulted in number one hits and some are still languishing, unreleased, in the archives of some long forgotten record company. This book contains the stories of 164 groups that either recorded or played a substantial role in creating the Mersey Sound and the Merseybeat era and it is both an interesting an invaluable reference of the time and the place.

The Mersey Girls

Author: Katie Flynn

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446455858

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 3460

Spring 1913, and seventeen-year-old Evie Murphy is leaving her native Ireland for the city of Liverpool with her baby daughter Linnet - but leaving Linnet's frail twin, Lucy, behind. These are mixed fortunes ahead for Evie, and while Lucy grows up in the beautiful Irish countryside, Linnet is all too often forced to throw herself on the mercy of the enormous, impoverished Sullivan family. Life in a slum court during the thirties is far from easy -but when tragedy strikes it becomes the only existence possible for Linnet. Destitute, she disappears into the Liverpool slums like an teardrop in an ocean. Lucy, meanwhile, urgently needs her sister by her side. But she has little idea, when she leaves the farm and sets off to look for Linnet, how their meeting will change their lives for ever. . .

The Independents

Britain's New Cultural Entrepreneurs

Author: Charles Leadbeater,Kate Oakley

Publisher: Demos

ISBN: 1898309965

Category: Creative ability in business

Page: 76

View: 9749


Popular Music And Television In Britain

Author: Dr Ian Inglis

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409494179

Category: Social Science

Page: 266

View: 5856

Listening to popular music and watching television have become the two most common activities for postwar generations in Britain. From the experiences of programmes like Oh Boy! and Juke Box Jury, to the introduction of 24 hour music video channels, the number and variety of television outputs that consistently make use of popular music, and the importance of the small screen as a principal point of contact between audiences and performers are familiar components of contemporary media operation. Yet there have been few attempts to examine the two activities in tandem, to chart their parallel evolution, to explore the associations that unite them, or to consider the increasingly frequent ways in which the production and consumption of TV and music are linked in theory and in practice. This volume provides an invaluable critical analysis of these, and other, topics in newly-written contributions from some of Britain's leading scholars in the disciplines of television and/or popular music studies. Through a concentration on four main areas in which TV organises and presents popular music – history and heritage; performers and performances; comedy and drama; audiences and territories – the book investigates a diverse range of musical genres and styles, factual and fictional programming, historical and geographical demographics, and the constraints of commerce and technology to provide the first systematic account of the place of popular music on British television.