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Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1970s Birmingham - signed collector's edition with exclusive cover

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This collector's edition copy of the Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1970s Birmingham comes with an exclusive cover; it's personally signed by the authors and only 100 copies will ever be produced.
  • Guaranteed to bring the memories of ‘70s Birmingham flooding back!
  • Packed with scores of photos, rare memorabilia and more
  • The perfect gift for anyone that remembers the era – or why not treat yourself?
  • This critically acclaimed book features the likes of Barbarella’s, Rum Runner, Mothers, Rebecca’s, the Barrel Organ, the Crown, Opposite Lock, the Tow Rope and much more
  • A fascinating nostalgia trip that has taken over a year of in-depth research
  • Part of our amazing '70s Birmingham collection.

About the book: 

From Barbarella’s to Black Sabbath – ‘70s Birmingham unmasked like never before.

With industrial unrest on an unprecedented scale and the city enduring one of the worst IRA atrocities on mainland Britain, cultural life in ‘70s Birmingham could have taken a very dark turn.

But exactly the opposite happened. The city went on to produce some of the biggest names in popular music history and venues like Barbarella’s and Rebecca’s – owned and operated by ‘King of Clubs’ Eddie Fewtrell - dominated the night scene for the majority of the era.

The decade is chronicled like never before in the brand new ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Birmingham’ book which has been researched and written by local brothers Jim and Ron Simpson who have been at the very heart of the city’s music scene since the late 1960s.

Duran Duran, UB40, Dexys Midnight Runners and many more found initial success in the 1970s and feature in the story.

The book’s co-author Jim Simpson is arguably more qualified than most to write about the decade – he helped create success for one of the city’s biggest cultural exports of the era, Black Sabbath.

He was their first manager and took them to the top of the charts. He also managed other successful bands, found, toured and recorded American blues musicians and ran Henry's Blueshouse and the Big Bear record label.

The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Birmingham’ – which is full of rare photos and memories from luminaires spanning Jasper Carrott to Tony Iommi – features venues like the legendary Mothers, once described by John Peel as the best club in the world.

Jim Simpson said: “Birmingham had a thriving live music and nightlife scene in the 1970s. It was an exciting place to be and this book is a true celebration of the decade.”

The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Birmingham’ follows best-selling editions of the book series that have been previously launched in the likes of Coventry, Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester, Chesterfield and other places.

Ron Simpson added: “It was the decade that gave us everything from disco to punk via heavy rock and reggae and Birmingham was at the centre of everything.”

See the authors chatting about the book here.



* We also give a donation to Dementia UK for every product sold to help support the charity's amazing work across the country.

What our readers say - here's a selection of some of our recent reviews: 


“Bought this as a present for my dad who was in his 20s during 1970s Sheffield. He absolutely loved it! 100% worth the money and then some. Will definitely look at other editions as gifts also. Thank you! My dad was over the moon.”

5 stars not enough – I’d give 10!

“Would give 10 stars if I could - I couldn’t stop smiling, bought back so many memories of all the different fashions and bands. The books are fantastic and I love all the photos of Chesterfield during those fabulous years. Brilliant books, highly recommend, didn’t want them to end!”

Fantastic Trip Down Memory Lane

“Brilliant book and fantastic collection of photos. Keep going back to it again and again. Thanks so much for bringing my much-missed youth back to life.” 🙏🌷

Those were the days

“I loved this book! I adored the pictures of my old haunts. Very informative, it filled in gaps that I was too young to appreciate at the time. Those were the days. What a brilliant time we had, feel very privileged to have seen so many good bands locally so its good to see it in print. Even a picture of the pub where I worked a few evenings after the Saturday job in town!”

Takes me back

“What a fantastic book – it took me right back to Coventry in the 1970s, the pubs and eateries – the fashions, music and nightclubs and discos we all used to go to.
Just the right combination of pictures and words – and the fact that it uses the memories of real people is brilliant. It’s well put together with fantastic themes running through the whole book.
I can thoroughly recommend ‘The Dirty Stop Outs’ Guide to 1970s Coventry’ – it’s packed full of memories.”

A wonderful reminder of magical ‘70s Liverpool

“What memories this book evoked!!! I was born in Liverpool in the early ‘50s so the ‘70s was a magical time for me!
The best football team, the worldwide fame of the Merseybeat and the clubs that reflected it all!
What a brilliant trip down Memory Lane, with pics of the Babalou, the Cavern, the Pyramid, Ugly’s, the Coconut Grove, and many more…
If you danced the night away to music of the ‘60s and ‘70s in the best venues in Liverpool then.


Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Steve Oswold

A truly facinating book. It brought the memories of '70s Birmingham flooding back.

Jim Wood
Brilliant book

It's a brilliant book as are all the rest. No self respecting Brummie should be without a copy. Crammed full of details of places I frequented and some that I had forgotten about. Also some I was asked to leave .lol The book is worth every penny.Jim and Ron Simpson have done a marvelous job and a huge thanks to Neil Anderson for making it all happen. Roll on Volume 2

Gabriella Jones
Brought back my youth!

I loved this book! As a Rebecca's and Barbarella's regular it had lot's of reminders, loved the pictures of my old haunts although a bit shocked they look a bit dated! Very informative, it filled in gaps that I was too young to remember. Those were the days. Am sending one off to another Birmingham exile.

Barbara Turner
Love it!

Helping me to remember places that are no longer there. Love it. So many of my friends loved this book also.

Maggie Anderson
Brilliant book!

brlliant book would recommend it to anybody especially if you went in the pubs lke I did even recognised some people. Really took me back in time and loved it