Most books about the 1960’s music scene focus on the ones who made it. The household names who spoke for a generation.
But what about the epic fails? The bands inspired by the first wave and came just after? The ones whose very effort was a success of sorts in a class-bound Britain? Their story is worth telling too.
Cavern After Hours is my story: an affectionate and amusing look-back on the lives and loves of a bunch of young working class boys on the make in Liverpool. Making music, making waves, and trying to make the big time.
Boys who wanted to play the Cavern like The Beatles had a couple of years before – and secretly dreamed of going on to take the world by storm. Some did, most didn’t. But we all tried like hell.
Times where changing in stuffy old post-war Britain. Cavern After Hours charts how my Hebrew teacher, who happened to be lead guitarist for The Tabs, taught me more about the guitar than the Torah – and fired up my dream to play the Cavern.
•Cavern After Hours sets the scene for the brief moment when Liverpool took centre stage in Britain, and then the world
•Cavern After Hours gives a real feel of what it was like to be a struggling young musician in a Beatlemania Liverpool, still live at home with yer mam and dad
•Cavern After Hours follows my personal journey from young kid to young adult via the momentous events and culture of the 1960s
•Cavern After Hours takes place when you were dead posh if your house had a phone – and you were dead rich if you’d ever been on a plane.
Nostalgia-filled account of life behind the scenes of Liverpool’s legendary Merseybeat venue through the eyes of one man and the many bands he played in, in pursuit of fame and fortune.
The 1960s boasts a veritable cavalcade of great musicians who are as celebrated in the twenty-first century as they were in their mid-century hey-day. But for every super group who enjoyed international success, such as The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers who called The Cavern their home, there are countless bands who have been forgotten in the mists of time, but who had its audiences enraptured forty fifty years ago. Cavern After Hours is the story of one such young hopeful, the bands he played in, the songs they performed and it reveals why the most famous nightclub in the world really was so special; the heartbeat of a generation. The story of these “epic fails” as the author describes them is, without a doubt, worth telling too, and in this affectionate and amusing look-back at the lives and loves of a motley crew of working class boys on the make in Liverpool, they are finally rewarded with their moment in the spotlight once more.
Barry Cohen’s charming musical memoir is a wonder ful read, especially for those who were equally inspired by all that the Merseybeat scene had to offer a post-war teenager. As well as evoking the unique sound of the era, Barry explores the social and cultural change that swept Britain at the time, along with delightful anecdotes and astute observations. Barry marvels at the fact that his Hebrew teacher was no stuffy old academic; he was lead guitarist with early 60’s Liverpool group The Tabs! An insightful and nostalgic read Cavern After Hours is the quintessential sixties story of following your heart.
About the author: Barry Cohen was born in Liverpool in the 1950s. From childhood he dreamed of making it in the music business, but eventually he gave up playing regularly and settled into married life. From the early 70’s onward, Barry opened several businesses across Merseyside and North Wales. These included a number of hair salons, hairdressing product wholesalers and several discount drug stores. Selling up in 2000, Barry then moved in to the hotel business in Cheshire and North Wales, along the years those hotels played host to an array of stars including Luciano Pavarotti, Harrison Ford and Shirley Bassey. Barry Cohen lives in Cheshire. This is his first book. You may also visit barry Cohen’s website: http://www.cavernafterhours.com/