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1970s, 1980s, 1990s, Bailey Brothers, George Webster, Olga Marshall, Paul Unwin, Rock, Steel City Rockers -

Olga Marshall at the Buccaneer Olga Marshall will forever be remembered as the face of Sheffield’s Wapentake Bar. She managed the rock venue from the early 1970s right up to late 1990s. But what are your memories of her and the venue she managed? We’re set to launch a Wapentake edition of our ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide’ and we need your help. We think long and hard about which venues should have a stand-alone book and it was the popularity of our Wapentake T-shirts – which we launched last year – that proved the venue’s legacy is as strong now...

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1970s, All-night Wimpy, Black & White Minstrel Show, blog, David Bowie, Jaws, Love Thy Neighbour, Margaret Thatcher, Sony Walkman, Star Wars, The Beatles, The Exorcist, Ziggy Stardust -

It’s an era that has long been dismissed as a car crash of bad fashion and industrial strife. But do the 1970s get a raw deal? Do we conveniently forget there were seismic differences in social norms five decades ago as the era dawned? Are we maybe a bit hasty consigning great swathes of the era’s light entertainment industry to the bin marked ‘un-PC’ – shows and comedies that transfixed much of the nation back then and pulled in audiences of fifteen million-plus each time? Is it more a case we’ve chosen to remove the rose-tinted spectacles that turn the...

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1970s, 1980s, Hofbrauhaus -

  Kissing under the mistletoe is set to go the same way as every other festive interaction this Christmas - unless the apple of your eye is in your bubble of course. So we thought we'd add some cheer to the loveless 2020 festive season with a reminder of the story behind the Dirty Stop Outs. It's an amazing tale of the re-discovery of a long-forgotten photo that sparked love second time around and far more besides. In fact the chance publication of the 1970s wedding picture set off the most amazing chain of events. When Ann and Chris Jackson posed for...

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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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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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