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Dirty Stop Outs

Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1970s Birmingham - hardback edition - the ultimate gift!

Are you ready to re-discover your mojo?

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This really is THE ultimate gift for Birmingham's dirty stop outs of the '70s!

Our first-ever hardback edition, this full-colour book is guaranteed to be an amazing nostalgia trip and treasured memento for anyone that remembers the decade.

Only 1,000 copies of this strictly limited edition title will ever be printed - the first 200 were sold within hours of them going on sale.

This book has already received scores of five-star reviews and is:

✅ beautifully printed with matt black, hardback cover finish
✅the perfect gift for anyone that remembers the era – or why not treat yourself?
✅ packed with scores of rare photos, rare memorabilia and memories
✅ written by former Black Sabbath manager Jim Simpson and his brother Ron - no one has more knowledge about this amazing era
✅  in full colour and includes an exclusively designed cover and ribbon book marker 
✅ individually packaged for protection 
✅ sent fully tracked using Royal Mail 48 and despatched the same business day.

The 'Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1970s Birmingham' has taken over a year of in-depth research to produce. It features much-missed iconic venues like Barbarella’s, Rum Runner, Mothers, Rebecca’s, the Barrel Organ, the Crown, Opposite Lock, the Tow Rope and much more together with interviews with the likes of Jasper Carrott and Tony Iommi.

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

Read what others are saying about the book: 

The best present ever

“Bought this as a present for my dad who was in his 20s during 1970s Birmingham. He absolutely loved it! 100% worth the money and then some. 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 Birmingham 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 Birmingham 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 Birmingham’ – it’s packed full of memories.”

Great book full of memories of my Birmingham

"Bought the Dirty Stop Outs -Birmingham, for my husband. He read it in one sitting and didn't stop smiling throughout!. We both thoroughly enjoyed it. Full of great detail and jogged both of our memories of growing up in a great city at a great time for music. Lots of fun. Well researched and full of nostalgia and interesting information. Just loved it. Well done."

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.


Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
john gallagher
Fantastic lot great memories

Well done and written plenty for people mems

Ian MacCormick

Brought back so many memories from my teenage years, all the clubs I went to. Fantastic book 5 stars

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.

Mathew Harrison

I purchased this book for a recently retired friend who (mis)spent much of his youth in these legendary clubs, and attending gigs in Brum.

I contacted DSO to arrange for a personalised message, which they duly obliged. The book arrived a little late for Christmas - but that had more to do with the Postal Strikes than anything else.

My friend is really pleased with the book, and the personal message included, and is happily telling me about the times he went to Mothers, Barbarellas, Liberty’s to dance and drink the night away.