Musicianship

"Right now Liverpool has one of the best music scenes around for unsigned bands, with venues like the Zanzibar, Korova, and Barfly.

We play every few weeks and it's always a great atmosphere. All the local bands get on really well but there's healthy competition too - we all want to make the best music we can"

Will Rowe, Bassist, 'The Joy Vegas'

Brown suede jacket on a dummy torso
John Lennon's suede jacket|, 1963-64 MLL 2005.25.1

John Lennon wore this jacket in 1963 for the recording of 'With the Beatles', at Abbey Road studios in London. He also wore it during the band's tours of the UK and America in 1964. It was made in Sweden for Cecil Gee of London.

The Musicianship section looked at how people develop their musical skills.

Wannabe singers and musicians were right at home in this part of the exhibition. We had a mini recording studio for those who fancy mixing their own tunes, and a karaoke for those with more vocal talents.

We looked at the art of creating new tracks or sounds. Why do people become musicians? How do you write a song? How do different musicians approach songwriting?

Original lyrics by The Beatles, as well as guitars from James Skelly of The Coral and Will Sergeant of Echo and the Bunnymen were on display.

Suit on a mannequin made of tartan
Tartan wool bondage suit,made by Vivienne Westwood for Seditionaries. Worn on stage by John Wood of Deaf School in about 1976-77. On loan from John Wood.

This suit was worn by John Wood, also known as the Reverend Max Ripple, keyboard player for Liverpool band Deaf School. He wore it both for performances and for his appearance on the cover of the band's third album, 'English Boys/Working Girls', released in 1978. It cost £120, a lot of money in the late 1970s.