I just did a review (on Goodreads.com) of the book ‘Sit Down! Listen to This’ by Bill Sykes – and it reminded me of why I wanted to read the book in the first place. The book is the biography of Roger Eagle who ran Eric’s – the premier punk and new wave club in Liverpool in the late 70s. I was often down there on a Saturday lunchtime, Saturday and Sunday evenings, listening to whoever was on (X-Ray Spex, Big in Japan, John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett, Deke Leonard, The Pirates and many others).
Like all good music clubs it was scruffy and dirty with expensive beer and better drugs available in the toilets. And like all good clubs, it felt like home to me and the drifting crowd of people with nothing better to do than listen to the music that their generation was producing. It left a big hole in Liverpool’s music scene when it’s licence was revoked my magistrates on the advice of the police. I’m sure they thought they were doing the right thing – but I’ve never trusted the police since!
I hope todays youth have similar places where, for a few hours, they can feel as if they are making the future not re-living the past as I am here.