Beat Goes On'
A spotlight on Eric's nightclub
at the Museum of Liverpool Life
The exhibition runs until 21 November 2004
The renowned Eric's music nightclub, which played a major part in
Liverpool's musical heritage, is celebrated in a small but impressive
exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool Life.
The memorabilia on display includes, among other items, posters, T-shirts,
badges, tickets, associated with Eric's from that period.
Coinciding with the punk music explosion in the UK, it was set up by
the legendary but late lamented Roger Eagle, who had previously promoted a
number of memorable gigs at the Liverpool Stadium = aye, the many good
times I enjoyed there! - together with co-owners Ken Testi and Pete Fulwell.
It ran for only three and a half years - it opened in October 1976 -
but made an indelible mark on the Liverpool music scene, presenting concerts
by an A to Z of the contemporary music scene of that time, in all its
variied forms and styles - punk, blues, raggae, rock, cajun, avant garde,
etc - the mixture of gigs staged in this tiny but charismatic venue in
Mathew Street was at times an exotic and enticing mix of musical genres.
The Sex Pistols, The Clash, U2, the Police, Ian Dury, The Ramones, Siouxie
and the Banshess, Joy Division (shortly before Ian Curtis tragically
commited suicide), as well as Echo and the Bunnymen, in their first
incarnation, were just a few of the bands who later received great acclaim
on a worldwide basis.
Unfortunately, because of its association with the punk movement - god,
they will bring the Government down! - the police refused the club a drinks
licence and later followed up with a drugs-raid, which led to its closure
in March 1980.
"Roger, Ken and I found a fantastic music community building itself
around us," said Fulwell. "Though it burned bright and short, there
was nothing more important for anyone involved at that time, members, musicians, DJs,
and everyone that worked there. The spirit still lives with us."
Testi added: "In a few short years, Eric's went a long way towards
re-establishing Liverpool's flagging international reputation as a world
resource for popular culture. This is a good time to re-examine the Eric's
model with a view to re-establishing a viable platform for popular culture
within Liverpool, in time for 2008." The Picket, which was closed
earlier this year, to make way for yuppie flats, could have served that purpose!