Beatles Brick Fragment - The Cavern Club
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"The Cavern... Do I have memories of the Cavern? Do I? Oh yeah." ~ Paul McCartney
Above: The front of the included information card.
Before The Beatles played for millions of viewers on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Lads from Liverpool put in thousands of hours in clubs and lounges across the UK, Germany, Sweden, and France. Yet few venues can be so closely associated with earliest days of the Beatles as the original Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
This specimen is a fragment of a brick from the original Cavern Club. Mini Museum purchased two bricks at auction for use in the Third Edition of the Mini Museum. Now that specimen production for the Third Edition is complete, we are happy to offer the remaining material as a stand-alone item.
The specimen is enclosed inside an acrylic specimen jar. The jar is enclosed inside a classic, glass-topped riker display case that measures 4"x3"x1". A small information card is also enclosed.
Please Note: Color will vary widely on this specimen between red, gray, and swirls of both colors. The unique texture and coloring is the result of uneven firing and rough materials used at the time.
Above: Several large slices of brick exhibiting varied colors and patterns.
The size and shape of each fragment will also be unique.
Above: Closeup examples of finished specimens in the Third Edition of the Mini Museum.
About the Beatles
The Beatles are the most successful band in the history of pop music. Beginning with the release of Please Please Me in 1963 and ending with Let it Be in 1970, eleven of the Beatles' twelve studio albums reached #1 on the British charts with similar success in the United States and around the world.
According to the archives of the Cavern Club, The Beatles first played the Cavern Club in 1961 but it wasn't John Lennon and Paul McCartney's first time in the basement of the former fruit warehouse. They'd played the club before as The Quarrymen in 1957 when the club was strictly a jazz venue.
Sir Paul McCartney recalled that first gig in Spenser Leigh's book The Cavern Club: The Rise of The Beatles and Merseybeat:
"We fibbed about our repertoire and managed to get a date there, where we proceeded to announce songs like 'Long Tall Sally' as written by Blind Lemon Jefferson and 'Blue Suede Shoes,' the famous creation of the legendary blues artist Leadbelly! When the owners of the Cavern realized what we were doing, then sent little notes up to the stage complaining but it was too late."
Four years later much had changed. The Beatles had picked up George Harrison (1958) and drummer Peter Best (1960). They'd also been playing a new kind of music, a rock-and-roll offshoot called "beat," which was sweeping over the UK and the club scene in Hamburg, Germany. The new owner of the Cavern Club also embraced beat music and the throngs of screaming teenage girls that seemed to follow their favorite bands everywhere they went.
From 1961 to 1963, the Fab Four played 292 shows in the Cavern Club. This is where they first met manager Brian Epstein, who came to nearly all of their shows for three weeks straight. It was also the location of their famous 1962 Welcome Home concert when the band returned from their final residency in Hamburg, and the frenzy that would become Beatlemania was first put on display. Ringo Starr also made his public debut here with the band just two months later, and before the year was out the group shared the stage with the legendary Little Richard.
On August 3, 1963, just a month after recording "She Loves You", the Beatles played their final performance at the Cavern Club. Six months later the Beatles rocketed to stardom while the Cavern Club played host to other legendary bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Elton John, the Kinks, Queen, and The Who.
Later, the beat wave came to a close, and the Cavern Club fell on hard times. The club was demolished in 1973, but the bricks were saved.
In 1983, a selection of bricks was auctioned for charity and the remaining bricks were used in the rebuilding of the Cavern Club on the original site. This specimen comes from a pair of those original bricks purchased at auction by Mini Museum.
In 2015, Paul McCartney said of the Cavern Club:
"It was the breeding ground for what would become the Beatles' early repertoire, and I will always think of the place with great affection for the days spent with my pals in its sweaty, damp atmosphere."
Above: The back of the included information card.