Liverpool Punk & New Wave Band Location Photos: Mathew Street, Then and Now.
Above Photo: Mathew Street in the 1920s and in 2015. © Keith Jones.
I was again impressed by recent “Then and Now” photos of Liverpool created by local photographer Keith Jones, who takes modern-day photos of streets and juxtaposes them with much older photographs of Liverpool city centre.
In this case, and totally relevant to Bombed Out!, are Keith’s photos of Mathew Street, which, in a Liverpool Punk and New Wave context, is most certainly the Belly of the Beast.
Punk club Eric’s was based in Mathew Street from 1977 to 1980. The street, the club and events in and around them and in other early 19th century Liverpool warehouses, which were by then rehearsal rooms, restaurants and boozers frequented by aspiring Liverpool bands, are often referred to in my Punk and New Wave Memoir, Bombed Out!
I have also used Keith’s Mann island photos, because that area of Liverpool is well (and painfully) remembered from my many late-night walks home from Eric’s, and for warmer spring and summer nights spent sitting on benches waiting for dawn to break at the Pier Head, loved-up with my then-girlfriend, Liz.
More of Keith’s Then and Now photos can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/LiverpoolThenAndNow
See also my previous articles using Keith’s photos of Bombed Out!-related locations: http://www.bombedoutpunk.com/locations/bombed-out-liverpool-then-and-now-photographs/