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Pic by Bill Stephenson Tens of thousands climbed the stairs to a rock nightclub set high above Dixon Lane until it shuts its doors for the last time in the mid-1990s – to the dismay of many. Now memories of Sheffield’s Rebels venue is set to live on thanks to a brand new book. ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to Sheffield – Rebels Edition’ tells the story of the club that grew from unlikely beginnings to become one of the most popular rock nightclubs in the country. The venue was originally opened as the Penthouse by Peter and Geoff Stringfellow in...

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It was actually a late-comer in terms of the market it was set to originally serve - punk was already well into its second year by the time the Limit opened in 1978.

But no one else was plugging the gap and the city’s “waifs and strays” grabbed the West Street venue with both hands.

The city’s reaction to the punk movement that first hit Sheffield in 1976 had hardly been welcoming.

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Pictures and stories relating to one of Sheffield’s most iconic clubs are being sought as a local author counts down to the re-launch of a book “that changed everything”. 

Neil Anderson started work on a fully updated version of his ‘Take It To The Limit’ book – his best-selling title that documented the life of the iconic West Street venue -  in 2019 but a personal tragedy meant the project was mothballed.

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