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Summer of Love left The meticulously restored bedroom in Jimi Hendrix’s London flat captures the sights and sounds of the 1960s. below The living room at the McCartney home, where a young Paul McCartney and John Lennon composed songs.
As well as marking 50 years since the launch of CA, this year sees the golden anniversary of musical masterpieces and a landmark law. Lucia Marchini explores the heritage attractions that offer a taste of 1967.
In 1967, San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district drew in crowds of gentle people with flowers in their hair for a summertime love-in. Artists, musicians, writers, and activists had been flocking to the area in the years before, but the summer of 1967 is considered a key moment in a period defined by experimentation and creative freedom. It has left a considerable socio-cultural legacy. Though the events of what is known as the Summer of Love centred around San Francisco, musical innovations and societal changes in keeping with the spirit of the times were taking place elsewhere. Fifty years on, a range of heritage attractions, both permanent and temporary, chart the course of this landmark period.
A day in the life For many, one band conjures up the essence of the 1960s: the Beatles arguably had the greatest impact of any group on music and culture more widely. Their home city of
Liverpool makes much of its most famous former residents, and away from the centre, beyond Penny Lane, the childhood homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon still attract many visitors.
In the suburb of Allerton, at 20 Forthlin Road, Paul McCartney lived with his family from 1955 to around 1964. Designed by Sir Lancelot Keay, the house is small, neat, and typical of post-war terraced council housing (CA 154). It was acquired by the National Trust in 1995 as the ‘birthplace of the Beatles’ and has since been carefully restored. The original windows had been replaced by previous residents, but these were swapped for original fittings from another house on the road. The windows and other external features, such as the doors and drainpipes, have been repainted according to the maroon and cream colour scheme of Liverpool Corporation at the time.
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