Ringo’s Birthplace – Poll Results!!

My poll has been running for a couple of weeks now so time to reveal the results.

It was 3 to 1 against preserving Ringo’s birthplace. Not a surprise really as Ringo has done a pretty good job at alienating the populace of our fair city. I met him once and he came across as a pretty ordinary guy, quite rough and ready in fact.

But now the case for the defence!

In my opinion we should preserve Ringo’s birthplace and here’s why.

The economic impact of Beatles tourism on the city is immense. It runs to £10’s of millions a year both directly via things like the Magical Mystery Tour and Beatles Day to indirect events like the Mathew Street Festival. Whilst the destruction of one of the Fab Four’s birthplaces will not diminish this greatly, it will certainly tarnish the tourist experience and it will go around the world that the city council has done this.

Secondly, and more importantly, we need to understand the wider cultural significance of the Beatles as a phenomenon. The Beatles quite simply defined popular music for the next 50 years. Before the Beatles (or BB as I like to say) the best you could hope for in terms of pop music was Lonnie Donegan or Adam Faith. I have played Lonnie Donegan tunes and believe me sophisticated they are not!

After the Beatles (AB) the world awoke to the possibility of playing sophisticated popular music and poetry which reflected the experience of ordinary people. ‘In My Life’ was played at my father’s funeral as I am sure it is played at many. They projected ordinary people’s lives onto the world stage, ‘She’s Leaving Home’ was a song not possible in the 1950’s. The psychedelic ‘Day in the Life’, with great percussion from Ringo, showed what was possible in the expression of the imagination in popular music.

This was done by a group of ordinary Liverpudlians who are acknowledged by musicians and songwriters that followed in the 1960’s and 70’s as the biggest artistic influences of their careers.

We should acknowledge that the most ordinary of this group was typical of the people of this city and, with all his faults, he represents Liverpool whether we like him or not.

So, let’s take a wider view and acknowledge the significance of Ringo by preserving his birthplace, even if just the facade.

God forbid we should hold against him the fact that he is an ordinary flawed individual. He may be this but he is also a citizen of our city who played a major part in changing the cultural face of the planet.

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4 responses to “Ringo’s Birthplace – Poll Results!!”

  1. barbarascultureblog says :

    Paul , You put the case so well and I agree with every word. Having volunteered in the 08′ Tourist Information Office we have seen the impact the Beatles have on Tourism. People come from all over the world to see ANYTHING connected with the Fab Four and like them or not we should keep all things from this era. God forbid the same mistakes are made pulling down important buildings and structures such as the Overhead Railway, yes we should move forward but we must also preserve the history of our City.

  2. Jack says :

    Couldn’t agree with you more about the importance of The Beatles to Liverpool and to music and to be honest although I’m not a fan of Mr S. I do think his drumming was sometimes brilliant. But as he himself admits he scarcely remembers those first few years of his life in Madryn St – he grew up across the road in Admiral Grove which has been improved by the Council and is there for all to see, now and in the future. Ther Beatles Tour buses can (and do?) point this out to visitors.

  3. Doug. says :

    Paul good argument for keeping it however it is just a house. Actually, it is a house that stands in the middle of a new area for development and so is holding up progress. As Jack states, Admiral Grove is the place Ringo remembers growing up in, so tell the Fab Four Tours, guide books and other Beatles related tourist industries to mention Madryn St but forget about it in terms of preserving just another crumbling small victorian terraced house. Progress can be a bitter pill to swallow, especially when there are emotive but tenuous links like the Beatles’ involved, however in this instance I think it shouldn’t be stopped.

  4. Philip Coppell says :

    As the chairman of Save Madryn Street I would just like to mention that we have worked to preserve the entire Welsh Streets, not just 9 Madryn Street. If this area is demolished there will be no new houses built for many years, there are no developers interested in building new houses at the present time. It will be cheaper, quicker and better to refurbish all these houses. 444 houses have been removed needlessly from Liverpool’s housing stock. The fact that 9 Madryn Street was the birthplace of The Beatles drummer raised this issue to local, national and international attention, such is the power of The Beatles and all that means to Liverpool’s economy. But this issue is not just about Ringo Starr, it is about a community that has been damaged from an ill thought out Government initiative. We have the opportunity to save this area and what remains of the community, we must take it.

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