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1970s, Cabaret club, Club Fiesta, Sheffield -

Massive thanks to the hundreds that voted in our recent poll to decide Sheffield’s best club of the 1970s - we were truly bowled over by the interest! There really was only ever going to be one winner - the Fiesta. Like it or loath it, Sheffield had seen nothing like the palatial cabaret club when it opened in the summer of 1970. It truly set the standard for everything that followed in the era. The purpose-built venue cost £500,000. The equilvant investment today would run into tens of millions. The Fiesta had over 100 staff and attracted the biggest...

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Our brand new 'Dirty Stop Outs Guide to Coventry’s Working Men’s Clubs' is already proving to be one of our most popular books of 2020. Author Ruth Cherrington has been driven by a burning passion to record the stories of these amazing places that are fast disappearing from our landscape. So here, in her own words, is the story behind the new book:  "The Coventry part of the title is easy to answer! It’s my home town with many of its own claims to fame historically speaking. But why working men’s clubs? I could point to my own experiences from a...

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It’s an era that had everything from disco to punk via glam rock – but what was Sheffield’s greatest club of the 1970s? That’s the question posed by Dirty Stop Outs’ Neil Anderson. "It’s ten years since I completed a year-long project to gather memories and pictures from the 1970s. Punters, DJs, venue owners, go-go dancers, waiters, musicians, hostesses – I spent many happy hours interviewing scores of people over those months. I had no idea what the reaction would be to the book – up until that point most of my world had been writing about the here and...

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1960s, 1970s, 1980s, Gary Glitter, Pete Gill, Rebels, Signing On For The Devil, The Limit, Wapentake -

Pete Gill is arguably one of Sheffield’s greatest musicians. Few drummers have spanned more genres or retained their success for as many years as he did with so many different acts. He started as a soul drummer but made the seismic leap to be the city’s only glam icon of the early seventies. When glam fell out of favour he changed image once again and helped turn Saxon into heavy metal chart stars and then went one even better in the rock arena – he took over drumming duties with Motörhead. And when things soured there. Well he did the...

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1970s, 1980s, Air Guitar, Bailey Brothers, David Bowie, Def Leppard, Pete Way, Rebels, Retford Porterhouse, Rock, Steel City Rockers, Time Out -

From Def Leppard to Bring Me The Horizon, Sheffield’s ability to produce multi-million selling rock acts is widely known around the globe. But one lesser known addition to its heavy metal credentials is its impact on dancefloors around the world. A new book, ‘Signing On For The Devil – the Rise of Steel City Rock’, lifts the lid on the story of the Bailey Brothers, a duo that are widely recognised as the originators of the ‘air guitar’ phenomenan. It was all part of an unlikely rise to fame for two black former miners from Killamarsh that went on to...

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