Inscrit le: 14 Nov 2002 Messages: 2281 Localisation: Abbey Road
Posté le: Mer Déc 03, 2008 10:36 am Sujet du message: MERSEYBEAT IN LIVERPOOL
Mop Top a écrit:
Il faudrait bien faire un topic sur tous les groupes de Liverpool de cette époque, tant qu'elle est "incrustée" dans leurs répertoires.
Que voilà la bonne idée, Moppy !
Il et vrai que ce sujet si intéressant n'a que très peu été abordé sur nos pages bleues, et nous allons corriger cela très vite. Plongeons dans ce courant musical si particlulier dans lequel baignait Liverpool au début des sixties : le Merseybeat.
Je vous propose d'approfondir le sujet en redécouvrant et en faisant redécouvrir les groupes qui entouraient les Beatles avant qu'ils ne fussent célèbres en dehors de Liverpool. dans les mêmes temps, chacun pourra faire sa petite analyse en évoquant ses coups de coeur.
Je commence avec un groupe plus que jamais proche des scarabées et pour cause, puisqu'il s'agit de celui dans lequel officiait Ringo à l'époque: Rory Storm And the Hurricanes:
Billy J. Kramer And the Dakotas, pour lesquels les Beatles avaient composé "Do You Want To Know a Secret". Pas trouvé la fameuse song pour le moment, mais voici en attendant, une reprise de "I Call Your Name" (seconde vidéo) :
Gerry And The Pacemakers, qui ont enregistré "How Do You Do It dont les fab'4 ne voulaient pas:
Inscrit le: 14 Nov 2002 Messages: 2281 Localisation: Abbey Road
Posté le: Mer Déc 03, 2008 1:29 pm Sujet du message:
Un très intéressant article sur le Merseybeat
Magical years of Merseybeat
PETER Grant talks to Mersey music expert Spencer Leigh about his new book Twist and Shout.
ROCK 'n' roll archivist Spencer Leigh believes that the selection of Liverpool as the European Capital of Culture 2008 is well deserved - and our contribution to music was a vital factor in the bid. Spencer wasn't a fan of the illfated proposed Fourth Grace structure, but he hopes that when a new design is announced it will house a Merseybeat museum.
He says: "Liverpool is calling out for such a tribute. Music heritage is much more than nostalgia.
"I am convinced that Liverpool's bid was helped by its sporting heritage but also by its rock 'n' roll music - the latter being every bit as important.
"I believe that if the City of Culture selection had been made a generation earlier, our legendary footballing skills or songwriting ability would not have played such an integral part and the city might not have made even the short list.
"The '60s saw all manner of social revolution and change - not all for the good, but it was spear-headed by the music.
"For the first time British and NOT American acts ruled and the key British ones in 1964 came from Liverpool.
"We should be proud of that. "It's astonishing that from spring 1963 right through to spring 1964 Liverpool groups topped the charts for 45 weeks."
Spencer says that although hundreds of books have been written about The Beatles, most of the authors and researchers miss the point. Spencer himself has written numerous books on music history and is a broadcaster on BBC Radio Merseyside.
He says: "John Lennon and Paul McCartney's home life, although absorbing in its own right, did little to fashion their music.
"I honestly believe their music was shaped by the sheer competition they faced from rival bands.
"They had to outshine Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Searchers and Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes.
"John and Paul's songwriting was inspired by wanting to make better records than the Americans they both loved.
"I was very intrigued to see that a little known song called Watch Your Step in 1961 - a single by
Bobby Parker - was on John Lennon's own personal jukebox.
"I doubt The Beatles would have written I Feel Fine without it."
Spencer believes that many Beatle biographies are distorted as they tell very little about those many other significant bands who are very much part of our heritage as Capital of Pop. His new book Twist and Shout focuses on Merseybeat, The Cavern and The Star Club (pictured above) in Hamburg - and,, of course, The Beatles.
Spencer painstakingly inter-viewed more than 300 musicians, various promoters and club owners.
He says: "I went back to Hamburg to assess its importance in the great scheme of things.
"The book hopefully captures the same energy and excitement as the groups had and the chapters on Hamburg pull no punches."
Spencer says his latest book was a labour of love from start to finish.
"I wrote a book called Let's Go Down The Cavern 20 years ago.
When I did the research then I accepted everything that was said to me.
"I went back and re-wrote it. That was then this is now. It's a more complete picture.
"This update delves into such issues as the sacking of original Beatle drummer Pete Best and the absolute importance of The Cavern."
Spencer also comes up with a real coup, identifying one Raymond Jones - the man who went into NEMS in Whitechapel and ordered a copy of a song called My Bonnie which sparked manager Brian Epstein's interest in the leather-clad Beatles.
Says Spencer: "Ray McFall, owner of the Cavern Club, operated lunchtime sessions which invariably featured The Beatles or Gerry and The Pacemakers - two groups who went fully professional before the others so they didn't have to scurry back to work."
Unlike Les Braid of the Swinging Blue Jeans who had to be at work by 7.45am and after a Cavern session once fell asleep on the job - laying carpets in Liverpool Town Hall - because he was so exhausted.
Says Spencer: "I am pleased to dispel one major myth that says Merseybeat came out of unemployment.
"The vast majority of the musicians had jobs and were also playing several evenings as well."
Of all his musical history reference books, Spencer is rightly proud of Twist and Shout which includes a full Merseybeat discography and a listing of more than 300 tracks that are known to exist but have yet to be issued. Recent rare discoveries include Gerry and The Pacemakers tapes for the producer Bernard Whitty in Crosby back in 1961.
Says Spencer: "I wanted to put the lid on that era and find out what happened to the musicians.
"Some of their voices have lost their flex and some hands are struggling with arthritis and some of the drummers lack the '60s energy.
"But they are still out there and organisations such as the Mersey Cats raise thousands for charity every year.
"That's what I wanted to stress in my book - music played its part in our Capital of Culture bid and it still plays a major part in the life of our city."
* Twist and Shout, by Spencer Leigh (Nirvana Books, £14.99, published August 2).
By Peter Grant, Liverpool Echo. Source:www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk