Music from the Mersey | The story of pop music in Liverpool
CHANNEL | Radio 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 27 September 1986
DURATION | 53 minutes
Eddie Lundon of China Crisis guides Mark Page through Liverpool to meet some of the figures who shaped the city's cultural landscape. Featuring contributions from former Cavern DJ Bob Wooler and playwright Alan Bleasdale, as well as members of Wah!, The Teardrop Explodes, OMD, Half Man Half Biscuit and Echo and the Bunnymen, the tour provides a snapshot of Liverpool 20 years before its recognition as the European Capital of Culture.
Note: Some edits have been made for copyright reasons.
The members of Echo and the Bunnymen repeat an urban myth surrounding St George's Hall, the neo-classical building that faces Lime Street Station in Liverpool's city centre. The myth goes that, without directions on the architectural plans, the hall was erected back to front and the architect, distressed by the mistake, took his own life. In truth, architect Harvey Lonsdale Elmes had always intended for the hall to face Lime Street Station and he oversaw the building's construction himself until he died of consumption in 1847. The hall was completed seven years later.
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