This was my third pilgrimage to Liverpool as a lifelong Beatles fan, but it was the first time I had visited the Casbah Coffee Club.
To be honest, I didn't know much about it or the possibility of visiting for a private tour. What a surprise! What a treat! It turned out to be the highlight of this trip.
Whilst you will see more artifacts and get far more information for your spend at the Beatles Story at Albert Dock, the Casbah is an original site preserved to be pretty much as it was half a century ago. This was possible because it isn't on a commercial site like the other early venues. Unlike the Cavern Club this is not a replica!
The "club" was set up in the basement of the Best family home and it is incredible to be shown around by a member of the family (in our case, Roag) and to hear the stories of what happened in those formative days of the Beatles. As someone else said, his talk felt a bit rushed without much opportunity for interaction or questions, but to be fair, Roag had a lot to tell us!
If you go to Liverpool for the "Beatles experience" this HAS to be on your list along with The Cavern Club, "The Beatles Story" and the birthplaces/homes of the individual members. Buy the book that Roag wrote also. The story of his mother and what she did is fascinating. It would make a great movie!
It seems a shame that Pete Best wasn't able to stay in the Beatles after he and his family played such a key role in those early days of the band. He claims to not understand why to this day. I think the best clue is to be found in "The Beatles Story" down at Albert Dock. Listen to George Martin talking about the Beatles first trip to Abbey Road recording studio. It sounds like a combination of Pete being quieter than J, P & G, and not impressing George Martin enough as a drummer. I'm not sure that George intended that Pete be sacked but his comments probably landed with Brian Epstein and the guys such that they wanted to minimize any potential risk to their ambitions. Clearly Pete's relationship with the others wasn't strong enough to survive that.
In any case, we all owe the Best family a lot in terms of the part they played in the history of popular music and culture half a century ago!
Go there and enjoy it!
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