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1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, Air Guitar, Bailey Brothers, Def Leppard, George Webster, Ken Hall, Lez Wright, Olga Marshall, Wapentake -

Sheffield and the wider South Yorkshire region has always punched well above its weight in the rock department. It has produced multi-million selling bands like Def Leppard and Saxon – even Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson was schooled here. Sheffielder Pete Gill drummed for Saxon and ended up in Mötorhead. The Bailey Brothers – DJs that ended up fronting MTV’s first rock show – hail from Killamarsh. They might never have achieved the success they did had it not been for the camaraderie and support provided by the city’s venues and the sprawling communities attached to them . Few places produced...

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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, 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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1970s, 1980s, 1990s, Bailey Brothers, Def Leppard, Dixon Lane, Heavy Metal, Ken Hall, Lez Wright, Penthouse Action Committee, Rebels, Rock, Sheffield, Wapentake -

Original Rebels DJ Bob Maltby was kind enough to contribute to forthcoming 'Signing On For The Devil - the Rise of Steel City Rock'. Here's a bit of a sneak preview (early pics courtesy of Shirley Freeman). He was one of Sheffield’s earliest rock DJs. He started at the Penthouse and carved out a name for himself in the early years of Rebels as well as doing stints at KGB and the Saddle. He remembers: “It all began way back in about 1977/1978, I was a customer in the Penthouse and became friends with the DJ who was called Dave...

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Bailey Brothers, Bob Maltby, Dixon Lane, Ken Hall, Lez Wright, Peter Stringfellow, Rebels, Steve Baxendale, The Penthouse -

Few people realise Peter Stringfellow had more than a little hand in the future launch of the region’s undisputed king of rock clubs. It was he that opened the Penthouse in 1969 in the space destined became Rebels years later. His love affair with the venue sited many floors above Dixon Lane didn’t last long. If it had, well, there might have never been a rock club at all. Peter Stringfellow, and his brother Geoff,  had already achieved massive success in Sheffield in the years preceding the Penthouse opening. Their Burngreave-based King Mojo teenage club attracted stars spanning Jimi Hendix...

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