Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1980s Coventry

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  • Guaranteed to bring the memories flooding back!
  • Packed with scores of photos, rare memorabilia and more
  • The perfect gift for anyone that remembers Coventry in the 1980s
  • This critically acclaimed book features the rise of 2 Tone, Coventry’s FA Cup win of 1987 and chart-topping acts like Hazel O’Conner, the Primitives and King that kept the city in the limelight
  • A fascinating nostalgia trip.

The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Coventry’ celebrates a unique period in the city’s music and after dark history.

It was a decade that shaped entire lives and nurtured acts that went on to conquer the world.

The Thatcher years might have been a time of industrial decline, the Cold War and mass unemployment but Coventry’s creativity actually cranked up a few gears. 

2 Tone was the driving force in the first part of the 1980s with the Specials' ‘Ghost Town’ – a dystopian outlook if ever there was one - spending three weeks at number one in 1981.

The likes of Hazel O’Conner, King and The Primitives also enjoyed commercial success and added to the success of the city’s 2 Tone movement.

And who could forget the euphoria of Coventry winning the FA Cup in May 1987 – something that united the city like never before?

The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Coventry’ book is set to celebrate the era like never before. 

It will remember the numerous venues, the musicians, the fans, the punters and bring the era back to life like never before. 

Celebrated Coventry kid and historian Ruth Cherrington has researched and written the book as a follow up to her recent best-seller – the ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Coventry’. 

The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Coventry’ contains new interviews with those at the cutting edge of music creativity, the fans and the venue owners together with never seen before photos, rare memorabilia and more.

​​​​​​​This book will be the perfect gift for anyone that remembers this amazing era.