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On 15 August 1960 a group of eight men and one woman drove out of Liverpool in a battered minibus on the first stage of a 600-mile journey to Hamburg.
There had been a settlement between the rivers Elbe and Alster since around ad 800; in the ninth century, a small harbour containing a 120-metre-long wooden jetty was used by the town’s 200 inhabitants for long-distance trade, and the fortress of Hammaburg was built nearby to provide protection.
There are narratives yet to be completed and conclusions still to be drawn – but many of its early chapters, and the events they set in motion, were conceived and written in the clubs and streets of Hamburg.