Thursday 20 December 2012


'Plug Inn' the forgotten years volume one

From the aged of 16 Tony Bolland kept diaries and photographs of my everyday life working in a musical instrument shop in the suburbs of Liverpool called 'Plug Inn' owned by Frank Hessy. Plug Inn has hundreds of photographs and personal stories from musicians who were part of the music scenes in Liverpool and on Merseyside throughout the mid to late 60's and the 1970's plus the venues and clubs where the bands played.
 Plug Inn volume two continues with many more band stories some of who signed major deals and had success around the World with an insight to being a working musician on the Road and many of the Merseybeat bands reformed with new up and coming musicians and played corporate gigs and the Cabaret scene.
 Hessys the Iconic shop where the Beatles bought their first instruments from was situated in Liverpool town centre around the corner from the Cavern and many of the bands that played lunchtime sessions frequented the Iconic shop the book 'Hessys' the shop that launched a thousand bands and the Beatles tells the story of how it began in Manchester Street in the 1930's by the mouth of the Mersey Tunnel right through the Merseybeat days of the 1960's until the shop closed down in 1995 - the customers and staff also recall their experiences visiting and working in the shop, there are lots of photographs never before published including a photograph of John Lennon who was in the same class and school as the managing director of Hessys - Bernard Michaelson.

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