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Liverpool Punk & New Wave Band Location Photos: Mathew Street, Then and Now.

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.

Mathew Street, 1920s and 2015. Keith Jones.

Mathew Street, 1920s and 2015. © Keith Jones.

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.

Note the old Cavern Club on the right, but also, how industrial Mathew Street looked back then, when all the Punk and New Wave band haunts were actually being used for their intended purpose - as warehouses. © Keith Jones.

Mathew Street in the 1960s and in 2015. Note the old Beatles-related Cavern Club on the right, but also how industrial Mathew Street looked back then, when all the Punk and New Wave band haunts were actually being used for their intended purpose – as warehouses. The Grapes pub sign is on the left at the bottom of the street.  © Keith Jones.

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!

This is a superb photo, of Mann Island in the 1890s and in 2015, showing people presumably on their way to dockside offices, or going to or from the Mersey ferry terminal at the Pier Head. © Keith Jones

This is a superb photo, of Mann Island in the 1890s and in 2015, showing people presumably on their way to dockside offices, or going to or from the Mersey ferry terminal at the Pier Head. © Keith Jones

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.

Mann Island, 1890s and 2015 - showing both photos used to make the composite above. All the warehouses in the 1890s photo were bombed or otherwise destroyed after World War 2. © Keith Jones.

Mann Island, 1890s and 2015 – showing both photos used to make the composite above. All the warehouses in the 1890s photo were bombed or otherwise destroyed after World War 2. © Keith Jones.

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/

And: http://www.bombedoutpunk.com/locations/bombed-out-liverpool-then-and-now-photos-2/

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