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A Gallery to Play to: The Story of the Mersey Poets

Phil Bowen

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311253
eISBN:
9781846312496
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846312496
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This book is an intimate account of the lives and careers of the so-called Mersey Poets – Adrian Henri, Roger McGough, and Brian Patten – with unparalleled access to whom, the author has written an ... More


1961–1968

in A Gallery to Play to: The Story of the Mersey Poets

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311253
eISBN:
9781846312496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846312496.008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Brian Patten met Roger McGough and Adrian Henri in Liverpool in 1961. Michael Horovitz described the emergence of the Beatles around 1963 as somewhat related to the three men, whom he considered pop ... More


The Seventies

in A Gallery to Play to: The Story of the Mersey Poets

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311253
eISBN:
9781846312496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846312496.010
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The 1960s has been characterised as the best years for the Mersey Poets. By January 1970, things had changed. The Beatles disbanded and a Conservative government led by Edward Heath assumed power in ... More


Roger McGough 1937–1958

in A Gallery to Play to: The Story of the Mersey Poets

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311253
eISBN:
9781846312496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846312496.004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Seaforth, an arid suburban plain in Liverpool that spreads monotonously along Bridge Road, less than a mile north of Bootle, is the birthplace of Roger McGough, whose early memories were the sounds ... More


The Nineties

in A Gallery to Play to: The Story of the Mersey Poets

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311253
eISBN:
9781846312496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846312496.012
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Three decades after the publication of The Mersey Sound – a turning point in British poetry – the Mersey Poets remained visible on the literary scene. The beginning of the 1990s saw Brian Patten ... More


The Arrival of McGough

Stephen Wade

in Gladsongs and Gatherings: Poetry and its Social Context in Liverpool since the 1960s

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853237273
eISBN:
9781846313196
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237273.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the career of Roger McGough. His first poem was published in Tomorrow magazine (1959) while he was still at college, and since then he began writing long, symbolic poetry in the ... More


The Noughties

in A Gallery to Play to: The Story of the Mersey Poets

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311253
eISBN:
9781846312496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846312496.013
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

In his late sixties, Adrian Henri was complaining of chest pains. In 1999 he had to stay in the Royal Liverpool Hospital for several weeks after his right side was paralysed. The following year ... More


The Eighties

in A Gallery to Play to: The Story of the Mersey Poets

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311253
eISBN:
9781846312496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846312496.011
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

In December 1980, John Lennon was shot outside his New York apartment by Mark David Chapman. In Liverpool, more than 30,000 people, shocked by the news, trooped to St George's Hall. That same year, ... More


The End of the Sixties

in A Gallery to Play to: The Story of the Mersey Poets

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311253
eISBN:
9781846312496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846312496.009
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

In 1968, the Mersey Poets were often compared with one another. Roger McGough had become a regular on ABC's The Eleventh Hour and was performing numerous gigs with the Scaffold band. In a poem ... More


Introduction

in A Gallery to Play to: The Story of the Mersey Poets

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311253
eISBN:
9781846312496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846312496.002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This book focuses on the literary and social identity of Adrian Henri, Roger McGough, and Brian Patten – also known as the Mersey Poets – whose work was considered irreverent and sardonic, and ... More


Liverpool 1957–1961

in A Gallery to Play to: The Story of the Mersey Poets

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311253
eISBN:
9781846312496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846312496.006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

During the 1950s, Liverpool 8 was the only destination other than Soho for aspiring poets, painters, musicians, bohemians, or ‘bon viveur’ on a tight budget. Unlike Soho, it was devoid of ... More


Writing Liverpool: Essays and Interviews

Deryn Rees-Jones and Michael Murphy (eds)

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310737
eISBN:
9781846314476
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314476
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Featuring interviews and essays from the likes of Alan Bleasdale, Terence Davies, Linda Grant, Roger McGough, Willy Russell, Levi Tafari, and Paul Du Noyer, the book asks if there is a distinctive ... More


The Fifties and the Beginning of the Liverpool Scene

in A Gallery to Play to: The Story of the Mersey Poets

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311253
eISBN:
9781846312496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846312496.003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Between 1956 and 1958, Britain saw the emergence of a new and controversial ‘angry generation’ fuelled by three closely connected events. John Osborne's play Look Back in Anger opened at the Royal ... More


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