Wise Words

February 9, 2021


“Nobody is going to pour truth into your brain. It’s something you have to find out for yourself.”

— Noam Chomsky

Image: Bacon

February 9, 2021

Yet Another Beatles Anniversary

February 9, 2021

Three years before they went to America for the first time, and 60 years ago today, the Beatles (with Pete Best, not Ringo Starr, on drums) played the first of their 292 gigs at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

One of the lucky few at their first performance was Alex McKechnie, then a 16-year-old message boy in a printing factory. “It was atmospheric though not very crowded,” said McKechnie, now a director of the annual Mathew Street festival. “They were sarcastic, always acting the goat and cracking jokes.”   Unlike other bands at that time, they wore leather bomber jackets and Cuban heels.  McKechnie added: “They would count in the songs by banging their heels on the hollow stage – they created a lot of excitement in the room. They weren’t like any other band on the circuit.”