In my Liverpool home: BBC film of the city in the 1960s

In the 1960s, Liverpool council displaced thousands of families from the city centre, rehousing them in the suburbs. This documentary looks at the immediate effects of this migration, and at different aspects of Liverpool’s cultural makeup, from Catholic and Protestant rituals to football terraces, comedians like Ken Dodd and a deep-rooted folk music tradition.

As heard in this documentary, Pete McGovern’s witty and self-deprecating ‘In My Liverpool Home’ has become an unofficial anthem for Liverpool. He wrote the first verses, to the tune of Marty Robbins’ ‘Strawberry Roan’, in 1961; he was still adding to the song 40 years later to include such topical subjects as Paul McCartney’s knighthood and the controversial ‘Superlambbanana’ sculpture, and it’s estimated to have had over 300 verses by the time Pete died in 2006.

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2 thoughts on “In my Liverpool home: BBC film of the city in the 1960s”

  1. Now back in the eighties the world it went mad, and Thatcher threw at us all that she had. When the dust and the smoke had had all cleared from the air, you
    you think she’s bad said me Dad, wait”ll you get blair.

    Ninety Six Dead. Twenty Three years. A Torrent of Bullshit, A river of Tears.
    Smelling their clothes and sniffing their breath. Not being content with Causing their Death.

    I hope Pete doesn’t mind.
    Cusack.

  2. We speak with an accent Exccedenly Rare…In My Liverpool Home… What a Wonderful City The Pool was and its people in my era…We lived in Upper Parliament Street. Me Father bought it with all its contents in the late 1930s..

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