History explorer: the swinging sixties

Alwyn Turner and Jamie Bowman visit the Cavern Club in Liverpool, beating heart of the music scene that redefined British popular culture...

The Beatles perform onstage at the Cavern Club, Liverpool in February 1961. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the January 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine

“Remember, all you cave dwellers – the Cavern is the best of cellars!” That’s how legendary compère, DJ and punning quip-meister Bob Wooler would bid farewell to the sweaty Liverpudlian crowd at the end of each tumultuous session of rock ’n’ roll at this music club beneath a fruit warehouse on Mathew Street.

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