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Cavern Club: The Inside Story


Cavern Club: The Inside Story

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    Available in PDF Format | Cavern Club: The Inside Story.pdf | English
    Debbie Greenberg(Author)

A great street-level history of one of the world's most famous small music venues. This inside story is the real thing. — John May The Generalist

Mini-skirted Debbie Greenberg’s… first-hand, fan’s-eye, gossipy chit-chat and fashion notes have tactile authenticity, from resident DJ, Bob Wooler’s ‘Hi there, all you cave-dwellers,’ to bassist Stuart Sutcliffe standing with his back to the audience ‘so no one could see how he was playing’, and Pete Best (‘sultry, fiercely good-looking and oozed sex appeal’). —Andrew Darlington, R2 magazine

A fab read for any 60s music fan. Richly illustrated with… rare photos, posters and press cuttings... The day Paul McCartney popped in with his new girlfriend, Linda, to show her where the Beatles story began is particularly special. — Simon Fine

As a teenager Debbie Greenberg was spending far too much time at the Cavern Club in her hometown of Liverpool, England. It was already the most famous music club in the world, where she had been dazzled by the Beatles’ debut performance and had witnessed their rise to stardom for two years before watching the local heroes leave home.

Then in 1966, after the previous owner declared bankruptcy, her father asked her out of the blue if she thought it would be a good idea to take over the club. It was an offer she couldn’t refuse. She’d been a Cavern fanatic since it was a jazz club, hardly missing a lunchtime or evening rock session until its closure a few weeks before – amid mass protests by Liverpool youth.

Now she was suddenly part of a new family business, faced with the task of helping to breathe new life into the now dilapidated rock ’n’ rollin' launchpad of the legendary Mersey Beat.

This first-hand account of her ten years frequenting and eventually helping to run the original Cavern Club is an authentic inside story of this unique Beatles shrine, full of triumphs and failures – and surprise celebrity encounters.

Richly illustrated with dozens of photos, posters and press clips.

Born in 1945 in Liverpool, Debbie Greenberg attended the Morrison School on Greenbank Road and, after passing her eleven-plus, New Heys High School for Girls. Leaving school at seventeen, she started working with her father, Alf Geoghegan, who ran three butcher’s shops. By age 20 she was managing the family business and also working part-time as a fashion model. Her life changed forever when her father took over the lease of the Cavern Club in 1966 after the previous owner went bankrupt. Debbie lives with her husband Nigel in Liverpool and partners with him in their 44-year-old business, Solo Security.

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Book details

  • PDF | 186 pages
  • Debbie Greenberg(Author)
  • Jorvik Press; 1 edition (16 Oct. 2016)
  • English
  • 8
  • Music, Stage & Screen
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  • By Guest on 4 April 2017

    I have recently purchased a book from you, which is titled, CAVERN CLUB. THE INSIDE STORY, by Debbie Greenberg. After reading the book, I feel gripped with amazement, as it is such a fascinating story, and so well documented with the wonderful pictures in it. Clearly, alot of hard work has been put into writing this truly fantastic book, and I realize how lucky people were to visit this magical club, in its day. Any person who likes The Beatles, and Merseybeat, or anyone for that matter, I would thoroughly recommend them to buy this book, and they will get a real insight, as to how things really were then.Peter Sumner from Cambridge.

  • By Francis W. on 29 May 2017

    A welcome insight to an iconic institution in Liverpool.Great photos of club and many personalities visiting and performing at Cavern.

  • By Guest on 8 March 2017

    Im from Liverpool, and was going to The Cavern for 1964 to1968. That,s all i can say .

  • By Guest on 3 February 2017

    Debbie's book is, quite simply, a delight. A personable page-turner, allowing us all to re-live - 'in the moment' - the glory days of both life in the 60s and The Cavern Club itself. With many wonderful first hand tales of working with such luminaries as Paul McCartney, Chuck Berry and many more, Greenberg's light, friendly, anecdotal style really lends itself to the subject. Indeed, Debbie skipped school one day to see the very first appearance of The Beatles at The Cavern, and you almost feel you're with her as she describes it all in great detail. Her own family background doesn't disappoint either, in particular her celebration of all her father's amazing achievements (the late, great Alf Geoghegan). And the apple clearly doesn't fall far from the tree, as Debbie's multi-tasking life demonstrates - she was a master butcher (her many customers included a young Ringo Starr) and a fashion model, as well as co-running The Cavern and a taxi business (she now co-runs a security business with her husband, Nigel).Illustrated with some wonderful photographs, Cavern Club: The Inside Story is an absolute must read for all fans of The Cavern, the 60s and the Mersey Beat - which as we all know, was and is a veritable powerhouse for artists nationally and internationally. Personally I think this book could make the basis of a fantastic television drama/soap opera, featuring some local fictionalised characters typical of the time, plus look alike cameos from all great artists from the era who played there. Unlike other books of this era, including ones on The Cavern itself, this is very much 'the inside story', and is the richer for it.Great read - 5 stars.

  • By JESUS SANZ BERZOSA on 9 May 2017

    Bought this book at the Cavern in Liverpool two weeks ago. I'm hooked but this book. Is a fascinated one that tells an untold part of The Cavern years taking the reader right into the 60's. A great inside story from one of the mayor witness. She was not only a true fan of The Beatles and the Club but also the girl who run it along with her dad from 66-71. Highly recommended and a luxury memories.

  • By Guest on 1 November 2016

    A really lovely story about a daughterl and her father and how they were caught up in the music scene in Liverpool in the sixties. A true story of how they became owner's of the most famous club in the world and saw the Beatles debut and their last performance in the club and, then ended up running the club and bringing it back to a successful business after the previous owner had gone bankrupt. Thoroughly recommended.

  • By James D. Carpenter on 7 July 2017

    This is THE go-to book about the original Cavern Club! Mrs. Greenberg gives great details about the Cavern Club and connected buildings that you will not find in any other books. Her memories about the Club and her family's purchase of the club in 1966 are fascinating and heartwarming, and you also get to see rare photos of the Cavern boutique and the other upgrades her family made to the club when they re-designed the entry. Cavern Club fans like myself have needed a book to come along like this one, whose author tells the correct story as she saw it happen!

  • By Terark on 28 October 2016

    Great book, well written and very interesting. I didnt know a huge amount about the Cavern (other than the obvious!) and this book filled in my knowledge and gave me a real sense of what it must have been like to have been there and been involved in the heart of such an iconic and world famous venue. Worth reading whether you are a music fan or not.

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