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The sounds of travel 11: Liverpool
If you're going to England, you really ought to make a stop in Liverpool. There's a Tate Museum (with a terrific Auerbach I particularly like), Albert Dock, from whence The Titanic departed, and a music scene you'll never forget.
The Beatles aren't the only band to come out of Liverpool. Here's a list of twelve Liverpool bands from the BBC, which even they confess is "by no means an exhaustive list." Every one has played the famous Cavern Club, which is a great place to visit, even just for a pint in the afternoon.
If you're into new music, you're also in luck. Not only does Liverpool continue to encourage new artists through its music-rich history and welcoming clubs, but there's also a school there called the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, which was started by Sir Paul McCartney in 1996. LIPA is farming out fresh talent to all over Europe and beyond. You can catch the students at their very own Paul McCartney Auditorium or at the local bars and clubs like The Magnet and Bar Hannah.
Beatles tourism in Liverpool is pretty commercialized, but don't miss The Magical Mystery Tour, which is conducted by childhood friends of The Beatles themselves. They'll have all kinds of tidbits for you, for example: Did you know that "Norweigan Wood" was originally titled "Knowing She Would," and they changed it for the censors?
Have a listen above; it's sure to give you a smile.
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