Published On: Mon, Jun 15th, 2020

The Beatles: Penny Lane could be renamed if slavery link proven says mayor | Music | Entertainment

The Beatles single Penny Lane was released in 1967 and named after a street in Liverpool where the Fab Four grew up. But now it’s been alleged that the road is named after 18th-century slave merchant James Penny. Penny Lane’s sign was recently graffitied with “Penny” blanked out and “Racist” and “Penny was a slave trader” sprayed on to nearby walls.

Now Liverpool mayor Steve Rotheram has revealed that Penny Lane could well be renamed if the slavery link is proven.

Speaking with Sky News, the Labour politician said: “If it is as a direct consequence of that road being called Penny Lane because of James Penny, then that needs to be investigated.

“Something needs to happen.

“And I would say that sign and that road may well be in danger of being renamed.”

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But the mayor added: “But, of course, there is no evidence that is the fact.

“Just imagine not having a Penny Lane and the Beatles’ song not being about somewhere.

“I don’t believe it is associated with James Penny.

“Of course, the song wasn’t written about James Penny, it was written about an area that the Beatles when they were off elsewhere, were reminiscing about.”

Peter Jackson’s movie was originally set to release in September.

However, The Beatles: Get Back has been shifted to August 27, 2021, by distributors Disney.

The Beatles: Get Back follows on from 1970 Let It Be documentary, which included footage from the January 1969 recording sessions of the album of the same name.

Jackson’s film is set to recut Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s film in a more positive light, challenging the common belief of ill-feelings among the Fab Four at the time.

For The Beatles: Get Back, Jackson has had access to over 55 hours of unseen footage and 140 hours of audio.

What is used will be restored, including the full 42-minute rooftop concert, which was The Beatles final live performance.

Jackson and his team previously restored and colourised unseen First World War footage for 2018 documentary film They Shall Not Grow Old.

The Beatles: Get Back has been supported by both surviving members of the Fab Four, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo Starr, plus the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison.

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