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The Mersey Sound: Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten [Paperback]

Adrian Henri , Roger McGough , Brian Patten
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26 Jun 1986
'The Mersey Sound is an attempt to introduce contemporary poetry to the general reader by publishing representative work by each of three modern poets in a single volume, in each case the selection has been made to illustrate the poet's characteristics in style and form'. With this modest brief, The Mersey Sound was conceived and first published in 1967. An anthology which features Roger McGough's work, alongside that of Brian Patten and Adrian Henri (The Liverpool Poets), it went on to sell over half a million copies and to become the bestselling poetry anthology of all time. Irreverent, sardonic, funny and sad, these are the poems that echo the mood of the sixties. A selection of the early work of three Liverpool poets who brought poetry down from the dusty shelf and onto the street.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; 3rd Revised edition edition (26 Jun 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140585346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140585346
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 839,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roger McGough is one of the UK's most celebrated and distinctive poets. He is the author of more than fifty books and has written numerous scripts, including the script for the Beatles' film Yellow Submarine. He is an international ambassador for poetry and in 1997 was awarded an OBE. Adrian Henri, 1932-2000, had a career that spanned everything from artist and poet to teacher, rock and roll performer, playwright and librettist. He lectured in art at both Manchester and Liverpool Colleges of Art. He was president of the Merseyside Arts Association and Liverpool Academy of the Arts in the 1970s and was an honorary professor of the city's John Moores University. His numerous publications include Wish You Were Here and Not Fade Away. Brian Patten is one of the most accessible and popular poets working today. His collections include Grinning Jack (Selected Poems), Love Poems, Storm Damage and Armada. In 2002, Brian Patten accepted The Cholmondeley Award for services to poetry. Together with Roger McGough and the late Adrian Henri, he was honoured with The Freedom of the City of Liverpool.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ace 6 Jan 2006
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The poems in this anthology perfectly encompass the literary pop culture of Britain in the 60's. At first reading, the exceptional poetry by the three authors seem somewhat silly, yet very entertaining. The styles vary many times, never to bore the now-interested reader. After a surface look, you can look deeper into the poetry, and the verse goes from clever to beautiful. These poets were much more than mirrors for the times they lived in, but they analyzed and simplified dozens of subjects, from Batman to the bomb, all in the beautifully wacky poetry they put in this book. A classic poetry book and an entertaining read at the same time, this anthology is a must-have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic Mersey 25 Dec 2008
I saw Adrian Henri, Roger McGough and Brian Patten perform numerous times when they were promoting this and subsequent anthologies. Always entertaining they sparked my love of poetry, this is the best place to start for an intro into the irreverent, beautiful, sad, sardonic, funny and romantic view of the Sixties from a Merseyside point of view. Start with Tonight At Noon (Henri) and move through the works of 3 poets at the height of their youthful (then ) powers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mersey Sound 23 Jan 2012
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I lost my battered paperback copy of this anthology some years ago and was delighted to find it on kindle. Here are three poets at their best: Brian Patten, Adrian Henri and Roger McGough. Lots of references to Beat poets, Beat bands (one in particular crops up a few times, but as they are the best band ever that's fine!) and the Bomb. This is very evocative of a certain place and a particular era, but the poems are surprisingly fresh on re-reading them and also - as good poetry always is - relevant to concerns now as well as then. This kindle book is nicely formatted and well presented and I enjoyed reading it again very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia fulfilled. 2 Aug 2009
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Folowing a TV program about the Liverpool Poets I looked on Amazon and replaced my long lost copy. Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the Mersey sound 1 July 2009
Described as a classic of British poetry and rightly so. Excellent collection of poems (so far, I haven't read them all) which give a snapshot of life and the culture of Liverpool in the 60's. Well worth the money.
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..........on the back of my open backed bus I found it hard to read a book.....those old buses did bounce a lot and then there was the passengers, nagging, demanding tickets, information and other silly stuff. So I tried short stories, but that was almost the same. 'Poetry' I thought, 'that's the answer' and yes it was easier to concentrate on, given it's short snappy lines with a complete story or message on a page or even in a verse or two. Of course reading standing up on the tail end of a bus in the cold of a Cardiff winter eventually takes it's toll. I did end up just looking at picture books and graduated from The Art of the Renaissance through most schools to finally find the easiest to handle physically and I admit, intellectually, was kids comics. BUT those months with verse never left me. I've never forgotten Betjeman or Wilde. Whitman and Eliot, Ginsberg and Dylan, both Thomas and Zimmerman etc. And so, I am at a loss why it took me 43 years to buy this book it now ! it !......don't worry if you weren't there (the 60's that is) just buy's simply great......
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing wrong with Nostalgia 17 Dec 2012
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You had to have been there to love all the poems, some have not travelled well. But it is a record of the time and marked a change in attitude to poetry and how it should look and sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Speechless! 12 Mar 2010
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Even if you don't think you like poetry , buy this book - you will not be disappointed
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5.0 out of 5 stars and you should buy "The Amazing Adventures Of The Liverpool Scene" CD
I was given this book in paperback form when first published, and I was a first year art student. When I moved to Liverpool for my art degree Adrian Henri was still a fairly... Read more
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Had this book in paperback some 40-50 years ago, heard one of the poems at Hayley Croppers funeral [Coronation Street] & thought I'd like to revisit it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by boblyn44
5.0 out of 5 stars Really accessible and enjoyable poetry
Am I reviewing the poetry or the book?

AS I said in my heading, the poems are really accessible and enjoyable. The book is up to Penguin production standard
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Alan Hooker
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This item was receieved quickly, before the estimated delivery date, and is of excellent quality. Although purchased for my degree and not out of choice, it was useful and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sarah Gilroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Scouse classic
Reminder of what was happening in the 60's.
All trhe sights, sounds, flavours and hangups.
Recommended for those who like living poetry.
Published 16 months ago by Taiji Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars When will this be released as digital?
When will this be released as CD or MP3? I had a vinyl version many years ago and would love to hear it again...
Published 16 months ago by D. C. L. Milner
5.0 out of 5 stars the inspiration for many generations!
raw and timeless. if you are not familiar with these poets or this book. i would compare it with any great album by the stones or the beatles. Read more
Published 21 months ago by charlie555
2.0 out of 5 stars The Mersey Sound
Being a scouser from the 60's I looked forward to reading this book. However I was disappointed with the standard of poetry. Read more
Published on 21 April 2012 by Ms. E. A. Nicholson
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