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Dirty Stop Outs Guide to 1970s Coventry FREE


The Dirty Stop Outs Guide to 1970s Coventry (ACM Retro Nov. 2017)

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Ruth Cherrington’s Dirty Stop Outs Guide to 1970s Coventry describes an amazing array of nightlife that we can only imagine today. Pubs galore but plenty more! The Locarno Ballroom led the way and Dirty Stop Outs couldn't wait to climb the stairs to dance-floor heaven. Disco training started young with Saturday matinees for 12-15 year olds and local DJ Pete Waterman spinning the discs there and across the city. Disco fever spread as the 70s progressed and we read about how people couldn't strut their stuff enough, even in vertigo-inducing platform shoes. The Bear Inn, Golden Cross, Cottage, Climax and Walsgrave were just a few pubs holding regular discos and live music events. The 70s also gave us Mr George’s, the City Centre Club and the Top Spot. Coventry Theatre rocked to the vibes of Deep Purple, David Bowie and Queen and the city had its very own musical revolution as 2-Tone bands put Coventry on the musical map. Local colleges joined in the fun, with the ‘Lanch’ and Warwick Uni providing music festivals that didn’t require tents or wellies. No-one went home hungry with cracking take-aways like the Parson’s Nose where the Specials went for a ‘special.’ Or you could go right back in time for a Medieval banquet at stately Coombe Abbey. The city’s many working men’s clubs offered entertainment and social life every night of the week. Variety in all areas of having a good time was the way to go, making 1970s in Coventry a decade to remember. The book includes numerous accounts from those who did their best to go out as often as possible with many funny stories and some romance as well, including cosy Sunday afternoons at local cinemas. The book packed with pictures, posters, adverts, and many other illustrations from the period. Published by ACM Retro Price £13.95

Ruth Cherrington grew up in a Coventry suburb with a working men’s club across the street and soon learnt the importance of social life and entertainment in people’s lives. She gained a BA and MA, both in Sociology with her interest in ordinary people, their communities and identities uppermost. For more than 25 years Ruth was a lecturer and travelled the world to both teach and to learn more about other cultures. Ruth put her experiences of the local club at the centre of her book Not Just Beer and Bingo! (Authorhouse 2012.) She also established the very popular Club Historians website- in 2008. This site quickly became the ‘got-to’ site for anyone interested in clubs and their histories. Ruth writes articles and blogs on Coventry social history and culture and frequently gives interviews on TV and radio about cultural issues and social history. The Dirty Stop Outs Guide to 1970s Coventry (ACM Retro) is Ruth’s fourth book but the first to be specifically about her home-town. She is currently writing a sequel to this book- The Dirty Stop Outs Guide to 1980s Coventry.

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