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Summer With Monika

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Summer With Monika
Summer With Monika


Fifty years ago in 1967, Roger McGough published Summer with Monika - a magical, iconic tale of love. Taking its title from Ingmar Bergman's classic 1953 film, the suite of interlinked poems paints an honest and touching portrait of a romantic love affair from the delicious intimacy of the honeymoon, with the milk bottles turning to cheese on the doorstep, through the stage of quarrels, jealousy, recriminations and boredom, to the point where love is as nice as a cup of tea in bed.

In 1978 McGough (often dubbed Liverpool's own Poet Laurete) and his long-time accompianist / guitarist Andy Roberts arranged the poems into a suite of songs. Roberts (Liverpool Scene, Plainsong, Roy Harper's Trigger & Pink Floyd) assembled a cast of some of the finest British rock musicians - including Zoot Money, Pat Donaldson, Timi Donald and John Megginson; with arrangements by Robert Kirby and under the production of John Leckie, the resulting album was released on the legendary Island label.

During the Liverpool '50 Summers of Love' Festival Roger McGough and Andy Roberts together with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra's new music group, Ensemble 10/10, will perform Robert's original arrangements as McGough reads his epic poem.


  1. Name
  2. Prelude
  3. Prologue
  4. Epic Film
  5. I Have Lately Learnt To Swim
  6. Ten Milk Bottles
  7. Big Bad Dark
  8. Enemy
  9. You Are So Very Beautiful
  10. Sunday Morning
  11. The Sky Has Nothing To Say
  12. Ring
  13. Tightrope
  14. Nobody's Fool
  15. Soup
  16. Trenchwarfare
  17. Last Waltz
  18. Porridge
  19. Teathings
  20. Epilogue
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