Two final-year music journalism students from the University of Huddersfield in the UK are trying to help honor the rich history of a club that served a special place in Beatles history, the organizers told Beatles Examiner today.
Chynna Sampson and Natalie Longworth will curate the Jacaranda Project, an exhibit to celebrate The Jacaranda, the iconic music venue opened in 1958 by one-time Beatles manager Allan Williams as a coffee bar. The Silver Beatles played there about a dozen times between May and August in 1960. The venue unexpectedly closed in November, 2011.
“We’re delighted to be putting on this exhibition,” Sampson said. “We’re both passionate about music and this felt like something quite natural to do as we’ve both spent a lot of time in Liverpool, so it’s a venue we’re interested in learning more about.” The organizers said the project will feature photographs and “any memorabilia we can find,” they said. The Jacaranda used to have membership cards.
Sampson and Longworth are looking for memories of visitors to the Jacaranda over the years. “We are getting in touch this week with a few people who were involved with the Jac during the Beatles era and years after that,” they told Beatles Examiner.
They urge those who visited The Jacaranda and have a story to tell to contribute to their exhibition. If you’re willing to speak about your experiences, you can interact via email, Twitter or by posting on The Jacaranda: Beyond the Music’s Facebook wall.
“We’re looking to get as many people as possible involved. If you have any images, stories or memorabilia that you’d like to share with us, then we want to hear from you,” said Natalie Longworth.
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