Exhibition to celebrate 60 years of The Jacaranda opens on Friday

A NEW exhibition to celebrate 60 years of The Jacaranda Club will open on Friday ahead of a weekend of celebration.

Curated by Marlie Centawer, 'This is Our Home': The Jacaranda Club 1958-2018 will feature photographs, advertisements, posters and ephemera relating to the past and present history of the iconic Liverpool club.

Running from Friday, August 24 the three day exhibition will include artefacts which have been donated by original attendees, some loaned from galleries and collectors with the rest extracted from Beatle books and documentaries.

The material has been paired with Marlie's more recent images, documenting the aesthetics of The Jacaranda since its reopening in 2015 inspired by the work of Astrid Kircherr and Nan Goldin.

Astrid's iconic Beatle images have adorned the walls of the venue since 2015.

Marlie said: “Places like The Jacaranda Club make us feel connected to something much larger than ourselves; The Jacaranda has housed these types of transformative experiences for people for sixty years and we want to celebrate its powerful legacy with this exhibition and weekend of events.

“I descended down those stairs, on Paul McCartney’s birthday no less, and a whole new world opened up to me: a community of musicians playing some of the best music I’d ever heard, in this incredible iconic basement.

"I felt like I was welcomed into and belonged to some new, exciting cultural moment, made amazing new friends at midnight, and never wanted to leave.”

As one of the first coffee bars in post-war Britain, The Jacaranda Club - affectionately known as “The Jac” - was opened by Allan Williams in 1958, featuring a record shop upstairs and live music in its basement.

One of these groups was The Silver Beetles, featuring art students John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe, who Williams employed to paint the walls and a mural in the basement.

The exhibition will continue at Jacaranda Records Phase One, in association with RedHouse Originals.

Images on display include Mike McInnerney’s poster for the ‘14 Hour Technicolor dream’, Dudley Edwards’ mural produced for Ringo Starr, and contemporary works by Thomas James Butler and more.

Following the opening, attendees are invited upstairs to Jacaranda Records for a talk about the history of British nightclubs and music venues and book signing with legendary Hacienda DJ, writer and cultural critic Dave Haslam.

Dave's talk will be followed by a book signing of a selection of his titles, including his most recent memoir 'Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor: Music, Manchester and More'.

Following the talk, Dave will head down to Phase One for a DJ set.

To attend the talk and gain free entry to Dave Haslam's DJ set, RSVP here: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Liverpool/Jacaranda-Records-Phase-One/Dave-Haslam-QA-and-book-signing/13298749/

For the full 60th birthday events calendar visit: http://www.themusicmanual.co.uk/2018/08/raise-glass-to-60-years-of-jacaranda.html

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