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70s Liverpool brought vividly back to life in new book

From the demolition of the original Cavern to the birth of Eric’s, it was a decade of intense change in both tastes and styles in Liverpool.

Meticulously researched and penned by celebrated journalist and former Echo entertainments editor, Jade Wright, the ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Liverpool’ is a personal time-machine back to everything from David Bowie’s iconic ‘Ziggy Stardust’ date at the Top Rank for just 50p to the legendary ‘grab a granny’ nights at the Grafton.

70s Liverpool brought vividly back to life in new book
Cover of the new Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Liverpool

The era saw the Merseybeat sound of the ‘60s replaced by punk and new wave as the likes of Echo & the Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes and others provided a new chapter in the city’s never-ending ability to produce hit makers.

‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Liverpool’ transports you back to the era of chicken-in-a-basket meals via venues like The BabalouandGolden Guinea.

Punks outside Eric’s night club on Matthew Street, Liverpool, Merseyside. 31st October 1979

An era regularly characterised by industrial unrest and jaw-dropping fashion is brought vividly back to life as the newly built St John’s packed them in at the Top Rank Suite, Romeo & Juliets and Studio 54.

“‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Liverpool’ isn’t just a book; it’s a portal to the past”, says Jade Wright, whose expertise and passion for Liverpool’s cultural heritage have culminated in this edition. “Whether you were there in the flesh or have a fondness for the era’s rich popular culture, this book will ferry you back to the days of punk, disco, cabaret and the boiling hot summer of ‘76.”

Eating at St John’s Beacon
’70s fashions: The book vividly displays the fashions of the era.

A product of over a year’s research, this A4 size, special edition coffee table book is a fully updated and extended version of the original book originally produced in 2017.

Highlights of the new title include:

  • Intimate snapshots of iconic venues like Liverpool Stadium, The Chelsea Reach, The She Club and many more
  • Captivating accounts from individuals who witnessed the city’s transformation first-hand
  • A celebration of the era’s popular culture and social movements.

The limited edition, extended version of the ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Liverpool’ is available here for £29.95 and limited to just 250 copies.


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