Though industrial strife, strikes and racial tension were rife in the decade, this book explains how the city's music and entertainment scene helped bring people together like never before.
In its closing years, Coventry's 2 Tone revolution challenged the stereotypes like never before.
Ruth Cherrington's Dirty Stop Out's Guide to 1970s Coventry traces the development of the area's music and nightlife from the early days of the legendary Locarno Ballroom where rookie DJ and future music mogul Pete Waterman spun the discs at the matinee disco.
It revisits landmark gigs by David Bowie and Queen that shook the Coventry Theatre in its foundations.
Even the local colleges got in on the act with music festivals provided by the Lanch and Warwick University.
Coventry-born Ruth Cherrington said: "It was a fantastic era to grow up in. The sheer volume and variety of venues totally dwarves the number of today - everything from thriving Working Men's Clubs to legendary record shops like Jill Hansons."
The book includes scores of interviews and rare photos.
Read all about it in the Coventry Observer: https://coventryobserver.co.uk/lifestyle/book-revisit-life-out-and-about-in-coventry-in-the-1970s-3543/
And the Coventry Telegraph: https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/history/step-back-time-1970s-coventry-14330245
Pete Chambers, Curator of Coventry Music Museum and renowned music writer said of it:
The Dirty Stop Outs Guide to 1970s Coventry, is a charming and unique A4-sized book, guaranteed to get the nostalgia juices going. Its packed from cover to cover with photos and information of an era that was for many, a defining decade.Coventry pubs, gigs, bands, films, discos and clubs all get a look in and its a joy to read.The biggest compliment I can pay this book is this is exactly how I would want my own book to look like.