A musical juxtaposition: Bill Harry and Creamfields

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Interviewing Bill Harry at The Beatles Story, Albert Dock

A busy past few weeks. Along with working to pay the bills I’ve had some interesting freelance assignments.

Last week I spoke to Bill Harry. He is founder of the influential and groundbreaking Mersey Beat newspaper and former college friend of John Lennon. He was on the frontline of The Beatles world domination in the 1960s.

Harry also did public relations work for the likes of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and David Bowie when he lived in London during the 1970s. He’s done it all and probably seen it all.

He and his delightful wife Virginia were at The Beatles Story museum on the Albert Dock to launch his new book ‘Bigger Than The Beatles’ about Liverpool’s 1960s musical odyssey.

He was soft spoken and not at all as I expected him. My idea of a brash, loud, cynical veteran journalist didn’t come across at all. He was just a really nice, ordinary guy whose happened to work with some incredible people down the years

From the swinging 60s and the world famous Mersey sound to the other end of the musical spectrum, Creamfields 2009. Two days of dance, techno, house, electro pop and probably some other stuff too.

I was there covering the festival for Click Liverpool and Purple Revolver, filing updates throughout while having all sorts of hassle trying to get video interviews uploaded to the site.

A myriad of problems prevented us from uploading in real time so we had to wait until earlier this week to unleash our collection of interviews online. They are there now in all their goriness with me being decidedly awkward as I ask a variety of DJs, who I know little about, very general questions!

It was fun though, for me if not for them as they had to go through the same interview process for three different camera crews. It was good to experience the buzz of a festival back stage in the press/artist area. Every now and then you would see someone famous.

Spots included Lip from Shameless, Dizzee Rascal nipping to toilet under a white towel to stop him getting wet just minutes before he went on main stage and blew the audience away and Erol Alkan also nipping into the loo to check his hair was okay before he came and spoke to me about his dislike of David Guetta and former love for Westlife.

There was rain and muck and you are not shielded from that backstage but it was tons of fun. I’ve definitely learned a lot about covering a big event which will hopefully put me in good stead if I am to return next year.

Bill Hart and the Mersey Sound Wave

Bill Hart, a Liverpool based music enthusiast, wants to construct an ambitious exhibition of guitars that have all been played at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, the venue made famous by The Beatles. 

The exhibition will commemorate and celebrate 50 years of the Mersey sound symbolised by John, Paul, George and Ringo throughout the 1960’s.

Last month, as part of my journalism course at LJMU, I interviewed Bill to find out more about the project and to see what drives him to take on such an ambitious task. 

You can find out more information and keep up to date about the progress of the Mersey Sound Wave by visiting the website.