The Beat Goes On

From The Beatles to The Zutons

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12 July 2008 - 1 November 2009

Liverpool is world famous for popular music. Local artists have had so many Number One hits that in 2001 the Guinness Book of Records named Liverpool the world 'City of Pop'. A 2008 Arts Council survey also named Liverpool 'the UK's Most Musical City' so there's definitely a lot to be proud of.

The Beat Goes On exhibition highlighted the remarkable achievements of Merseyside artists from across the years; people who have influenced generations of musicians. Visitors heard about the different cultural and musical traditions within the region and its vibrant music and club scenes.

They also listened to jukeboxes, mixed their own tracks, strutted their stuff on our dance floor and tuned into the vibe that is Liverpool music.

There was more to The Beat Goes On than an exhibition though. There is also our permanent extensive online resource charting the history of Liverpool music, and an online MySpace jukebox where you can vote for your favourite emerging talent to be included on the gallery jukebox.

From 1945 to the present day this exhibition presented a sample of the sounds, talent, vibe and creativity of local music makers.



The Beat Goes On was presented in partnership with the University of Liverpool through the Institute of Popular Music.

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Supported by the Liverpool Culture Company as part of the European Capital of Culture programme

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Visit the SAE Website

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Visit the Juice FM website

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