It’s inspiring, in these straitened times, to stumble across a piece of non-profit musical archeology that recalls time and place as evocatively as Jaki Florek’s new book about Eric’s.It’s the sort of venture that anyone interested in the history of popular music should applaud – mapping out in exhaustive detail the conditions that led to the establishment and brief lifespan of the fabled punk-era Liverpudlian venue, and the city’s subsequent renewed pop identity forged by the Bunnymen, Teardops and Wah! – but three of a cast of thousands. At over 500 pages plus, it’s a breathtakingly obsessive undertaking, but as a source of first-hand research, it’s an engrossing artefact.
I’ve written a fuller review for those nice chaps at the Quietus here.
Some of the photographs from the book are reprinted below. I thought about capitioning them but I’m sure our esteemed readership will be able to work out who’s who.