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...
It was sixty years ago this year that a venue opened that truly caused a seismic shift in terms of what was on offer for the Sheffield’s youth.
But Club 60 – which opened on Shalesmoor in 1960 and provided a launchpad for future stars like Dave Berry, Jimmy Crawford and Frank White – was a mere test run for what was to follow in the shape of the Esquire and its resident band, Vance Arnold and the Avengers (Vance Arnold will go on to find worldwide fame as Joe Cocker)
It was the brief window in the year when everyone seemed to live like a king and had the apparent capacity to spend with seemingly reckless abandon (due largely to the thrift-like saving that had gone on for the 12 months prior).