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A Gallery to Play toThe Story of the Mersey Poets$
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Phil Bowen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311253

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312496

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The End of the Sixties

The End of the Sixties

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In 1968, the Mersey Poets were often compared with one another. Roger McGough had become a regular on ABC's The Eleventh Hour and was performing numerous gigs with the Scaffold band. In a poem dedicated to Bob Kane and local band the Almost Blues, he brought out Adrian Mitchell and the spirit of the counter-culture. Concluding Adrian Henri's Love Night at the Everyman, the poem became the ‘Bat-Rave’ featuring everyone concerned and eventually led to the first gig for the Liverpool Scene. Whereas Brian Patten kept his ‘Little Johnny’ poems separate, Henri used everything published in The Mersey Sound to come up with his own book, Tonight At Noon. Published in 1968 by Rapp & Whiting, it established him as a force to be reckoned with in British poetry.

Keywords:   Mersey Poets, Roger McGough, Brian Patten, Adrian Henri, British poetry, Liverpool Scene, Mersey Sound, Tonight At Noon

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