Cavern Club: The Inside Story

Cavern Club: The Inside Story

by Debbie Greenberg

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Overview

As a teenager Debbie Greenberg was spending far too much time at the Cavern Club in her hometown of Liverpool, England. It was already the most famous music club in the world, where she had been dazzled by the Beatles’ debut performance and had witnessed their rise to stardom for two years before watching the local heroes leave home.


Then in 1966, after the previous owner declared bankruptcy, her father asked her out of the blue if she thought it would be a good idea to take over the club. It was an offer she couldn’t refuse. She’d been a Cavern fanatic since it was a jazz club, hardly missing a lunchtime or evening rock session until its closure a few weeks before – amid mass protests by Liverpool youth.


Now she was suddenly part of a new family business, faced with the task of helping to breathe new life into a dilapidated rock ’n’ roll shrine and build on the legacy of the legendary Mersey Beat.


This first-hand account of her ten years frequenting and eventually helping to run the original Cavern Club is the authentic inside story of the Beatles launch pad, full of triumphs and failures – and surprise celebrity encounters.


Richly illustrated with dozens of photos, posters and press clips.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986377044
Publisher: Jorvik Press
Publication date: 10/10/2016
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Born in 1945 in Liverpool, Debbie Greenberg attended the Morrison School on Greenbank Road and, after passing her eleven-plus, New Heys High School for Girls. Leaving school at seventeen, she started working with her father, Alf Geoghegan, who ran three butcher's shops. By age 20 she was managing the family business and also working part-time as a fashion model. Her life changed forever when her father took over the lease of the Cavern Club in 1966 after the previous owner went bankrupt. Debbie lives with her husband Nigel in Liverpool and partners with him in their 44-year-old business, Solo Security.

Table of Contents

A CHANCE TO SAVE THE BEATLES SHRINE ............................................1
A LIFE OF HARD KNOCKS .........................................................................13
UPGRADING A 'CELLAR FULL OF NOISE' ................................................27
SMELLS, SWEAT AND MEMORIES ............................................................37
DAMP, DUST AND DEAD PIGEONS .......................................................... 67
THE 0LD CROWD RETURNS ..................................................................... 85
DRINKS ALL ROUND .................................................................................101
CELEBRITIES, TOURISTS AND DOORMEN ..........................................111
PAUL RETURNS .......................................................................................129
A BENT COPPER AND HIS MATES ...........................................................139
GOOD TIMES AGAIN .................................................................................147
THE WRECKING CREW............................................................................155
LIFE AFTER THE CAVERN ..........................................................................165

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