Cinema: Liverpool After the Beatles

NO SURRENDER Directed by Peter Smith; Screenplay by Alan Bleasdale

Once upon a time -- Was it really just 20, 22 years ago? -- Liverpool seemed about the hippest place on earth. Adoptive kid brothers of Lennon and McCartney made pilgrimages to the Cavern, to Brian Epstein's record store, to the holy homes of the Fab Four. Teenagers from Connecticut assumed the adenoidal lilt of the Mersey accent and recited lines from A Hard Day's Night with the fervor of mimic acolytes. It was not only the Beatles' music that inspired this love for all things Liverpudlian. It was the discovery...

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