Preview - Harry Stedman & The Cunard Yanks
A new exhibition will explore the exploits of the seamen whose cultural diffusion in the 1950s and 60s helped spawn a look, sound and attitude in Liverpool and beyond.
Shuttling between Liverpool and New York, the 'Cunard Yanks' would return with fresh sounds each time they docked. Sounds that would subsequently influence a generation including Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
Seamen such as Billy Harrison who features in the exhibition performed dual roles - those of seaman and musical tastemakers. Pushing the good stuff overseas to wow their peers. The imports included the early rock’n’roll, soul and blues records that would eventually impact on culture forever. Greats like Fats Domino, Sam Cooke and Buddy Holly were all internalised by the local musicians who would go on to form Merseybeat bands such as the Searchers, Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Beatles.
The exhibition includes photographs from Harry Stedman's personal collection. Stedman joined the British Army in 1951 and later joined the Blue Star Line in 1954 which allowed him to sail all over the world.
HARRY STEDMAN & THE CUNARD YANKS
The Shipping Forecast
Exhibition runs from 14th - 28th October. Free entry
Presented by Next Stop New York.