Liverpool is gloriously counter-cultural.
A once booming port that saw the world pass through its docks, Liverpool was fashioned by the working classes. The romanticism of Liverpool formed a community stronger than any other, a community that would produce some of the world’s biggest stars.
In the face of privatisation, Thatcherism and Hillsborough, Liverpool stood strong. The industrious residents of the city refused to be shaken by tragedy; they wanted to be defined by so much more. Kicking and screaming against everything it was told not to do, Liverpool lashed out with beautiful, soulful creativity. Liverpool is a city bursting with culture; a city of stars.
The release of Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, on digital download from 11th March, and Blu-ray and DVD from 19th March, perfectly demonstrates the juxtaposition between stardom and the working classes in Liverpool through the unlikely love story of real-life 1950s Hollywood starlet, Gloria Grahame (played by Annette Bening) and Liverpool lad and budding actor, Peter Turner (Jamie Bell).
To celebrate the film’s home entertainment release, we take a look at the illustrious stars that transformed Liverpool from a city famous for its industry into a cultural powerhouse.
Who else? A band so inextricably linked with the city, ‘Beatles’ may as well be a synonym for ‘Liverpool’. They are its biggest export. It is perhaps, a little cliché to even talk about the two in the same sentence, let alone mention that the Cavern Club is one of Liverpool’s top destinations, but it is an unavoidable fact that they are one and the same.
What doesn’t get talked about as much is the fact The Beatles had their roots in Skiffle; a working class genre of music that started because people couldn’t afford instruments. They were all from humble beginnings, conquered the world and influenced the world of music forever.
The McCartney dynasty continues to rage on and with it, Liverpool’s pride of its favourite export. Also, special mention to Ringo. No-one ever mentions Ringo.
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