Paul McCartney’s former home in Liverpool is open to young musicians to write songs and record there. The founding National Trust expects the initiative to inspire the spirit of the place for new generations.
To celebrate the year of the Beatles, the organization is opening the doors of House 20 on Forthlin Road to young musicians who don’t yet have a record deal. As highlighted in their announcement, Sir Paul McCartney will turn 80 in June and turn 60 in October with the release of the Beatles’ first single, Love Me Do. Posted on Billboard.com on Tuesday.
The National Trust recalled that McCartney and John Lennon wrote about thirty world-famous songs, including I Saw It Standing There, Hold Me Tight, I’ll Follow the Sun, When I Turn 64 or the previously mentioned Love Me Do. The McCartney family moved to Forthlin Road 20 in 1955, and Paul’s mother, Mary, died within a year. Paul, who was 14, and his younger brother Mike, who was 12, were raised by their father Jim.
Mike McCartney, who now works with journalist Pete Bavids in association with the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, remembers and will take care of young musicians in his former home. Songwriting and musician performances here, called Forthlin Sessions, are recorded and published.
“The Beatles inspired a generation of people to feel free and creative. It all started with the songs written in this house. “It gives me great pleasure to oversee the Beatles’ childhood homes and to use the story to be a continuation of this legacy,” said Hilary McGrady, director of the National Trust.