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The stuff of rock n roll lands in Liverpool

Beach Boys, Supremes, Hendrix and James Brown artefacts feature in Grammy Museum show

Published on October 16th 2014.

The stuff of rock n roll lands in Liverpool

THANKS to the BBC Music trailer, God only knows where you can go this week without hearing EVERYONE trilling the Beach Boys' God Only Knows.

There is no escape at The Beatles Story either - however they have gone one better: Brian Wilson's hand-scrawled score for the timeless classic, going on show today, as the world famous LA-based GRAMMY Museum brings the stuff of rock n roll to town.

And if you secretly wanted to touch the clothing of your idols, bad news, you still can't.  But you can get close, for the show includes frocks worn by the Supremes, a stage costume of Frank Zappa's, James Brown's jumpsuit and vest and a jacket belonging to Ray Charles.

Organisers say they are among 80 never-before-seen artefacts in what is being billed as a "world-first" show, and includes unseen images of The Rolling Stones by Bob Bonis.

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There is also a strand called The British Invasion: How 1960s beat groups conquered America, in which you will have an "opportunity to have a virtual drum lesson with former Beatle, Ringo Starr", if that sort of thing floats your boat.

The LA museum has also gathered a range of items belonging to musical influencers such as The Hollies, The Zombies and Roy Orbison including album covers, musical instruments and other miscellany.

Part of the exhibit is also dedicated to interviews with GRAMMY award winning artists.

Ed Sullivan Show PosterEd Sullivan Show posterMartin King of the Beatles Story said: “The artefacts from the GRAMMY museum in LA are incredible and we are confident people will travel to Liverpool just to see this exhibition. It certainly has the wow factor."

Bob Santelli, The GRAMMY Museum’s Executive Director, added:  “The Grammy Museum is honored to partner with The Beatles Story for such an important exhibition. The British Invasion dramatically impacted America in the 1960s.  This exhibit tells that story.”

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