Ringo’s boyhood home threatened with demolition

If you want to see where Ringo Starr was born, you better hurry.

Number 9 Madryn Street in Liverpool, where the Beatles drummer was born in 1940, is one of a neighborhood of decrepit homes slated for demolition. The little Victorian rowhouse was never glamorous, and fell into disrepair years ago. While John and Paul’s childhood homes are now preserved by the National Trust, Ringo’s place doesn’t even have an historic plaque.

Fans are up in arms and are hoping to save the house. They’re even comparing it to Shakespeare’s home. Starr himself had a more measured response, yet nonetheless said he’d love to see his old address saved from the wrecking ball. Currently the house is unoccupied and the windows boarded up. That doesn’t stop a steady trickle of tourists coming to the rundown area to see a bit of music history.

A Liverpool City Council representative offered a ray of hope by saying the city is “currently in discussions” with the city museum about options for the building.

Image courtesy user Tima63 via Wikimedia Commons.

International Beatles Week

Attention Beatles fans: Love is not all you need if you want tickets to the headlining events of International Beatles Week in Liverpool — you’ll need money and you’ll need to move fast because space is limited. That said, the festival looks like a grand old time for fans of the fab four, or really, anyone.

It kicks off August 22 and features a number of events, including markets, conventions, art shows, an auction, autograph sessions and much more. Oh, and there’s music. Lots and lots of music. Concerts take place at various venues throughout Liverpool and though none of the names are a big as the festival’s namesake, they’re worth checking out.

(via Fly Away Cafe)