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The Renaissance of Mathew Street
ISBN 9781910467923
Published 23 February 2018
RRP £11.23
320mm x 220mm
23pp folding out to three posters plus seven inserts


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The Cavern was located in Mathew Street, from where The Beatles launched themselves to global stardom.
Eric’s club opened here in 1976 with bands like The Stranglers, The Runaways and The Clash.
One of the bands to emerge out of the Eric’s scene were Big In Japan, which included Jayne Casey and Ambrose Reynolds who formed Pink Industry, Ian Broudie who went on to form The Lightning Seeds, Holly Johnson who later fronted Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Budgie, who went on to drum for Siouxsie and the Banshees and Bill Drummond, who went on to become A&R man for Echo & The Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes, before forming The KLF alongside Jimmy Cauty.

In 1927 the psychoanalyst Carl Jung had a dream of a round pool which he thought was in Liverpool and declared that ‘Liverpool is the ‘pool of life.’
The Liverpool poet, Peter O’Halligan believed he’d identified the location of the dream, and the ‘round pool’, as a cast-iron drain cover in Mathew Street. O’Halligan rented the warehouse overlooking the drain, and opened the
Liverpool School of Language Music Dream and Pun.

Bill Drummond became obsessed with the Mathew Street drain cover. He came to imagine that it was the ‘fulcrum of an interstellar ley-line’. In 2013, on the eve of his 60th birthday, Drummond spent 17 hours standing on the drain cover.
But over the years the creativity of the street gradually faded and a cultural plague reduced the area into a husk of its former self, beset with soulless tourism.
In medieval times, when a plague occurred, people would summon the plague doctors.
This is why is was decided the bad spirits would be exorcised from the pool of life, and once it has been cleansed of the corrupting influence, the undercurrents will flow beneath the manhole cover freely allowing for a new cultural era for Liverpool.
This book provides an illustrated introduction to the cultural significance of Liverpool’s Mathew Street and follows the cleansing ritual of the plague doctors summoned by Liverpool Arts Lab.
The book contains a fold out replica of the manhole cover. Fold it out, stand on it, and feel the energy of the mega-powered interstellar ley line.