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The Liverpool Scene [Hardcover]

Edward Lucie-Smith
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Peter Smith Pub Inc (January 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844624950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844624952
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,248,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Both a fine anthology & a terrific time capsule March 21, 2011
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Here's a fresh, delightful poetry anthology from what must seem an entirely different & alien world to anyone who wasn't a teenager in the mid-1960s. Poet & critic Edward Lucie-Smith not only assembled a fine overview of the poetry then illuminating the streets of Liverpool in that mythic era, but rounded it out with photos of & quotes by the poets themselves, recorded on the spot. All the usual suspects are here: Adrian Henri, Brian Patten, Roger McGough, Pete Brown, Mike Evans, Heather Holden, to name the most prominent.

What's striking about this book is how it captures the pulse of a very fleeting moment. Everything seems alive & newly-minted, with the promise of untold possibilities in the future. It's only in looking back that we can see what was destined to fade, and what would survive; this adds a bittersweet poignancy to the rowdy but oh-so-cool exuberance on every page. If anyone wants to understand the 1960s beyond the one-dimensional clichés & stereotypes repeated ad nauseum by the mass media, this is as good a place as any to start.

That said, I don't want to downplay the poetry itself. This is the work of young writers gleefully pouring all their energy & erudition & idealistic hopes into the creation of poems that speak to their times, in language that their peers recognize & use themselves. Several of these poets were also involved in the music scene of the day, and they have far more in common with the Beatles than the academy. Not for every taste, certainly of its time ... but you may find that this book speaks to you across half a century with far more simpatico than you might have imagined possible. Recommended!
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