Hurricane Port: A Social History of Liverpool

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Scousers believe they live in a special place, one that has more in common with Salvador da Bahia, New Orleans or Gdansk than anywhere in England, and the city has always punched above its weight. In less than a hundred years, however, Liverpool's image has declined from a major mercantile player known as the Second City of the Empire to what some social commentators have described as a cultural backwater remembered largely as the place where the Beatles were born.

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Overview

Scousers believe they live in a special place, one that has more in common with Salvador da Bahia, New Orleans or Gdansk than anywhere in England, and the city has always punched above its weight. In less than a hundred years, however, Liverpool's image has declined from a major mercantile player known as the Second City of the Empire to what some social commentators have described as a cultural backwater remembered largely as the place where the Beatles were born.

In The Hurricane Port, Andrew Lees reveals how Liverpool's pre-eminence in the slave trade left an indelible scar on the psychogeography of the city. He also explores the roots of the city's contrary nature, its rebelliousness and its hedonism, as well as some of the recent hurricanes that have battered the city, including the anger of Toxteth, Militant's stand against Margaret Thatcher and the murder of James Bulger. In this distinctly personal account, Lees defines the characteristics of this Celtic enclave with her loudmouthed, big-hearted people who have created a city quite different from anywhere else in the world.

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"Powerful, passionate, punchy and provocative."  —Liverpool Echo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780575483
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.77 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

ANDREW LEES was born on Merseyside and is a Professor of Neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. He is the author of Ray of Hope, the authorised biography of Ray Kennedy, the Arsenal and Liverpool football player who developed Parkinson's disease at the age of 35.

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Table of Contents

Map of Liverpool's main streets and the docks in the mid 1960s 8

Map of Liverpool's districts and their relation to St Helens 9

Preface 11

Henry the Navigator 13

Bagaceira 17

Gorée 23

The Old Firm 32

Negro Row 37

The Athenaeum 44

Landfall 53

The Lost Lands 63

Paradise 71

Shadow Line 82

Touched by the Hand of God 87

Gelton 96

Dock Road 107

Liverpool Slummy 120

Dead Scouse 126

Jericho 136

Spion Kop 143

Halewood 150

Cacotopia 155

The 8 159

Deggsie 171

The Black Rose of Kingston 181

The Sugar Fella 191

Oh Tell Me Where I'm Going?

Tell Me Where I'm Bound? 196

Valentine 203

Slack Water 218

The Cocky Watchman 229

A Wrecker's Moon 242

Bulge Waves 251

The River 262

Tiderip 267

Copyright Acknowledgements 275

Bibliography 277

Index 283

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