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 a 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 Special’s ‘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 last years local best seller – the ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Coventry’.
The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Coventry’ contain 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.