Erics, St John’s Beacon, Teardrop Explodes and those haircuts

Erics, St John’s Beacon, Teardrop Explodes and those haircuts
Erics, St John’s Beacon, Teardrop Explodes and those haircuts

“The past is a strange country: they do things differently there,” wrote LP Hartley in the novel The middleman. Good sentence. But if that is the case, the past that we or our parents have experienced is a completely different planet.

Ten, twenty, forty or fifty years later, nothing seems as insanely dated as the fashions and hairstyles we experienced in our early lives. TV shows look amateurish, cars look cheap, even furniture styles look ridiculous. Would we have really liked those things? Bought them? Behaved them?

A new book about Liverpool looks back fondly on the 1970s.

Could we really have loved those things? Bought them? Behaved like that?

That’s what the publishers say.

From the demolition of the original Cavern to the birth of Eric’s it was a decade of great change in both taste and style in the city.

Meticulously researched and written by acclaimed journalist and former Echo Entertainment editor Jade Wright, ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Liverpool’ is your personal time machine, taking you back to everything from David Bowie’s iconic 50p ‘Ziggy Stardust’ date at the Top Rank to the legendary ‘grab a granny’ nights at the Grafton.

During this period, the Merseybeat sound of the 1960s was replaced by punk and new wave, with bands like Echo & the Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes and others writing a new chapter in the city’s endless supply of hits.

‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Liverpool’ takes you back to the era of chicken-in-a-basket meals via venues such as The Babalou and Golden Guinea.

An era often marked by industrial unrest and dazzling fashion is brought vividly to life as the newly built St John’s is packed with 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 into the past,” says Jade Wright, whose expertise and passion for Liverpool’s cultural heritage come to a head in this edition. “Whether you were there in person or have a love of the rich popular culture of the era, this book will transport you back to the days of punk, disco, cabaret and the scorching summer of ’76.”

This special A4 coffee table book is the result of over a year of research and is a fully updated and expanded version of the original book originally published in 2017.

Highlights of the new title include:

  • Intimate snapshots of iconic locations including Liverpool Stadium, The Chelsea Reach, The She Club and many more
  • Fascinating stories from people who witnessed the city’s transformation with their own eyes
  • A celebration of the popular culture and social movements of the time.

The limited edition, expanded edition of the ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Liverpool’ is available from for £29.95 and is limited to just 250 copies. It is available via this link.

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