Beatles Brick Fragment - The Cavern Club
Beatles Brick Fragment - The Cavern Club
"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 the earliest days of the Beatles as the original Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
An Authenticated Piece of Music History
The Cavern Club Brick
Before the fame and fortune, 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 the earliest days of the Beatles as the original Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
The Beatles first played the Cavern Club in 1961 where they were soon noticed by talent spotter and future manager, Brian Epstein. The venue was inspired by Parisian jazz clubs and boasted an iconic brick laden cellar that served as the stage. As noted above, this specimen is a fragment of one of those bricks that first experienced the sound of the Beatles.
Crafting the Beatles Brick Specimen
When the original club was demolished in 1973, a selection of bricks was taken and placed at auction. Mini Museum's material comes from one of these 1973 bricks, meaning the sound of the first 1961 Beatles performance passed through these specimens.
Each specimen is hand-cut by our specimen technicians and comes displayed in a cushioned gem 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. This makes each specimens completely unique.
The Beatles Brick Specimen is the ultimate Beatles collector's item. Taken from the club that gave the band its first show, each fragment comes in a handsome display case and a photo card that contains information about the item. Whether you're starting your collecting or looking for something new to add, this is an incredible touchstone to the birth of modern rock music from one of the greatest bands of all time.
Birthplace of the Beatles
MORE ABOUT THE CAVERN CLUB
1961 was the Beatles' debut as a full group, but it wasn't John Lennon and Paul McCartney's first time at the subterranean club. They'd played the Cavern before as the Quarrymen in 1957, when the club was a strict jazz only 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."
📸 George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon performing at the Cavern Club.
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.
While the Beatles soared to success, the beat wave in England 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 selection of those original bricks purchased at auction by Mini Museum.
📸 The exterior of the rebuilt Cavern Club today
Nowadays, the Cavern Club is still an excellent venue to catch a show in Liverpool, with live music every night.
The memories the Beatles had of the venue were always fond ones. It was the crucible for not just the Beatles, but the wave of rock and roll that would define music to this day.
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."
FRONT OF THE SPECIMEN CARD
BACK OF THE SPECIMEN CARD
Braun, Michael. Love Me Do: The Beatles' Progress. Penguin, 1964.
Kruse, Robert J. "The Beatles as Place Makers: Narrated Landscapes in Liverpool, England." Journal of Cultural Geography 22.2 (2005): 87-114.
Thompson, Phil. The Best of Cellars: The Story of the Cavern Club. Tempus, 2007.