Beatlemania Memorabilia Pack (1960s)
A lovingly prepared catalogue of reproduction memorabilia from the 1960s focussed on the Beatles – to aid memories or just help understand the period better. This pack contains: Four Beatles booklets stuffed with photos and stats, fan club paperwork, concert handbills, Cavern Club booklet, Sunday Citizen newspaper plus a collection of bubble gum cards.
The Cavern Club of Liverpool opened as a jazz club in 1957 and later became famous as the hub of the city’s rock and roll scene in the 1960s, partially due to an association with The Beatles, who played the club in their early years. It closed in 1973, but was rebuilt and reopened in 1984.
The Beatles was a hugely successful and influential English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. Their music began with skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, but the Beatles experimented with several genres including pop ballads, Indian music, psychedelia and hard rock. The frenzy of popular success they initially achieved was labelled as “Beatlemania” (mainly after their first hit, “Love Me Do”, in late 1962), but, before breaking up in 1970, they had become an embodiment of the counterculture of the 1960s. The four group members (the ‘fab four’ – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) became household names and the music of Lennon and McCartney has been praised throughout and beyond its original genres.
The newspaper, published throughout the first half of the 20th Century, started as ‘Reynolds's Weekly Newspaper’ before being renamed several times – becoming ‘Reynold's Illustrated News’ in 1924, ‘Reynold's News’ in 1936 and ‘Reynold's News and Sunday Citizen’ in 1944. Unsuccessful in the 1950s, 1962 saw a relaunch of the paper as the ‘Sunday Citizen’ in a tabloid format, but the paper finally closed in 1967.