Pop music was the saviour of Sheffield in the 1980s, says new book

Rare backstage Human League shot
Rare backstage Human League shot
Rare backstage Human League shot

“It wasn’t an era for the faint hearted. A whole generation was left traumatised following the first public airing of ‘Threads’ – the 1984 docudrama of Sheffield in the aftermath of a nuclear attack.

“Thankfully, we seem to be a city at our most productive when the odds are stacked against us and we ended up producing some of the best music in our history thanks to the likes of the Human League, ABC, Heaven 17 and others”, says author Neil Anderson whose new ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Sheffield’ goes on sale this weekend

The book explores the era that offered nightclubs like The Limit, The Leadmill, The Roxy and Cairo Jax.

The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Sheffield’ has scores of rare photos, personal memories and shows just how much fashions and tastes have changed.

Neil Anderson added said: “Sheffield in the 1980s will always be a special era for me as it was the decade I first started to experience the city’s nightscene. It was a fantastic time to be young and the new edition of the book will take readers back to that time.”

The book is set to be celebrated at ‘Eighties! The Biggest Reunion… Ever!‘ on Saturday, July 11, at Genting Club Sheffield.

It will be playing the greatest tunes of the decade, spanning ABC to Wham! with a special emphasis on the city’s own hit makers of the decade like the Human League, ABC and Heaven 17!

‘Eighties! The Biggest Reunion… Ever!’ is raising money for St Lukes Hospice and the Broomgrove Trust and is in support Mattfest.

Tickets are £10 and available here with credit card hotline 0114 223 3777.


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