November 14, 2011
Researchers tell the history of the Beatles' music store
Liverpool university is launching a three year project on Rushworth's, and wants to hear from anyone who worked or shopped in its famous 'music house'
Business history is too little celebrated, alas for the north, whose annals of industry and enterprise have often ended up on bonfires or skips.
Occasionally that may have been because the management didn't want every jot and tittle of their financial dealings to see the light of day; but the result has too often been a lop-sided view of how money is made – the risks and challenges obscured by the rather more obvious rewards of firms which went on to success.
So hooray for Liverpool University which is launching a three-year research project into the port's music business Rushworth's, whose influence stretches from Oxbridge college organs to Paul McCartney's first guitar. The latter still needs absolute corroboration – the words 'is thought to have come from Rushworths in exchange for a trumpet his Dad had bought him' are usually used. But there is no doubt about John Lennon and George Harrison's Gibson J-160E guitars which the company imported specially from Chicago and handed over in 1962.http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/the-northerner/2011/nov/14/rushworths-liverpool-music-store-paul-mccartney-beatles