Broadcasting legend Andy Kershaw is hoping for a more comfortable trip home after his Off The Shelf appearance than one of his first Sheffield visits - in the boot of a car, writes Graham Walker.
The young Kershaw, who went on to be a top Radio 1 DJ before a career as a war correspondent, shared the boot with a fellow student for a return trip to attend a gig at Sheffield Poly.
His fondest memories also include listening to Sheffield’s own Frank White, who he rates as recording a better version of Not Fade Away than Buddy Holly.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our chat with Andy Kershaw.
Andy’s early days, his time as Billy Bragg’s driver, presenting Whistle Test and Live Aid, working for the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, sharing an office with John Peel, visiting 97 countries as a war journalist and winning more Sony Radio awards than any other broadcaster, are dealt with in his autobiography, aptly named No Off Switch.
He also tells how his vinyl and and CD record collection weighs over seven ton - as he discovered, on a weigh-bridge, when moving home.
The Adventures of Andy Kershaw, his new touring one-man-show, will focus on his book when he appears at the city’s annual book festival, in collaboration with the University of Sheffield Student’s Union, at the Foundry, on Mowbray St, on Sunday, October 27, 7pm to 10pm. Tickets £10 and £8 concessions.
Described by Stephen Fry as “the finest British broadcaster bar none”, he says the date will bring back great memories of time spent in Sheffield.
“Most memorable, back in 1979, six of us from Leeds went to see George Thorogood and the Destroyers at Sheffield Poly, in a minute Opel Kadett. Two of us, me and my pal, travelled there and back in the boot,” he laughed.
“We wrote a letter of complaint to to Opel cars afterwards about the uncomfortable nature of their Kadett model and I said a colleague, who was travelling in the boot with me, will confirm this.
“I’m honoured to be bringing my show to Off The Shelf.”