I became increasingly involved with the bohemian art scene of Liverpool, of which Adrian was a leading figure. Based around the Toxteth area (then better known by its postal district of Liverpool 8), painters like Henri, Sam Walsh and Don McKinlay rubbed shoulders with would-be beat poets, musicians, academics and other kindred spirits. The nearby College of Art was a catalyst for much of this activity, as were watering holes like Ye Cracke and the Philharmonic Hotel. Plus a handful of coffee houses and clubs where abstract art decorated the walls, the background soundtrack was modern jazz, and poets read their work aloud – often accompanied by music, usually jazz, live or recorded.
Mike Evans, Amazing Adventure CD notes, 2009
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