Coventry’s guide to the ‘ghost town’ of the 1980s officially unveiled

Many argue the city wouldn’t have enjoyed its chart success without the inspiration of the decade’seconomic and social problems.

Whatever the reason – the 1980s turned out to be one of Coventry’s most memorable decades and best-selling local author Ruth Cherrington is about to celebrate it like never before.

Next Thursday, November 1st, she’ll be hosting two free events to officially unveil her new ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Coventry’ book.

A 1pm signing at Coventry’s Waterstones will be followed by a 4pm Q&A and signing at the city’s Music Museum in Ball Hill.

The renowned author has interviewed scores of individuals in an attempt to capture the very essence of the decade in the city – one that was played out against the backdrop of the collapse of Coventry’s car industry.

In fact hometown band, the Specials, summed up the mood of the early half of the era with their song ‘ghost town’ which spent three weeks at the top of the charts.

Ruth argues the political and economic turmoil of the decade actually proved an inspiration for many.

She said: “There was a tremendous creativity going on musically and culturally. Everyone was affected by the economic decline and many were making their own music to reflect on and escape from the reality.

“2 Tone began as the decade’s dominant force and then new bands appeared with their new styles such as Hazel O’Connor, King and The Primitives. It was a highly creative time for the city.”

The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Coventry’ contains interviews with those at the cutting edge of music, the fans and the venue owners together with scores of pictures, rare memorabilia and more.

The book is available from here for just £13.95.



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