The Beatles Story Museum is down by the Albert Docks waterfront, where Liverpool’s musical heritage started.
My daughter and I may be from two different generations, but we can easily belt out duets of many Beatle tunes. We felt stopping in Liverpool during our recent European adventure, was our chance to “visit The Holy Grail” of the Beatle phenomenon. We were delightedly surprised that when we ate brunch at a local pub, all the music played was by the Beatles.
John Lennon’s half-sister, Julia, narrates her personal memories in our audio tour. She guides us to the recreated Cavern Club, where the fledgling group played to a smoke filled room of admiring fans. I guess the screaming and fainting Beatlemania began when they came to America.
A few of the many fascinating things we’d like to share are: Happy childhood memories were the basis for John Lennon to write “Strawberry Fields Forever.” John and his friends played behind this Salvation Army Orphanage, while the Army Band entertained during the summer garden parties.
Paul McCartney took the first name from an actress and the last name from an alcohol store for the song “Eleanor Rigby.” What’s weird is that the place where McCartney and Lennon first met is also where a gravestone, bearing this same name, is located.
The museum has many nostalgic items on display that we enjoyed seeing, like George Harrison’s first guitar, their suits and John Lennon’s round glasses.
This image on Abbey Road is unique and cleverly composed. I hadn’t noticed the white Beatle VW before. Interestingly, that license plate was stolen many times and the car became a museum piece.
I’m always shocked at today’s concert prices, considering a front-row ticket to the Beatles first American concert was $12.50. Who is your favorite singer and what’s the most you ever paid for a concert ticket?