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They were like chalk and cheese in the 1960s but these days they’re renowned as two of Sheffield’s most decade-defining venues.

King Mojo and the Esquire – two hugely popular teenage clubs that brought acts to the city spanning the Kinks to Jimi Hendrix - are being brought back to life later this week as part of the online ‘Talking About Our Generation’ festival.

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Eddie Cochran (front right) meets fans from The Star’s Teenage Club with Gene Vincent (front middle) and Vince Eager (front left) Many people say it took the rise of the Beatles to put the ‘swinging’ into the sixties. But Adrian McKenna, with the help of John Firminger, would argue the genie was out of the bottle years before the Fab Four took the decade by storm. They’d suggest things were already well and truly swinging by the spring of 1960 when what’s widely acknowledged as the first ‘rock’n’roll package tour’ rolled into Sheffield. If you’d have taken any notice of...

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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)

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