Rocking back the clock to mark launch of Sheffield book

The Prefabs drummer John Firminger who will be playing at the book launch.
The Prefabs drummer John Firminger who will be playing at the book launch.
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VETERAN musicians are tuning up ready to perform at the launch of a new book profiling the rise of rock‘n’roll in Sheffield.

The Dirty Stop Out’s Guide To 1950s Sheffield is author Neil Anderson’s latest title, looking back at the city’s popular history.

It will be launched to a backing track of live rock‘n’roll at The Leopold Hotel in the city centre later this month.

Neil, of Dronfield, said: “We’ll be reliving the decade that played host to long gone institutions like the Sheffield Empire, weekend dancing at the Locarno and City Hall Ballroom, and Marsden’s Milk Bar’s Teenage Tavern.

“It was the era when the word ‘teenager’ truly hit the vocabulary, Teddy Boys sent a shiver down the spine of the older generations, and the city got its first taste of hysteria with the debut of Johnnie Ray.”

The Leopold was chosen for its own place in Sheffield history – pupils that attended the former Sheffield Central Technical School in the 1950s included famous nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow and singer Jimmy Crawford, who had a top 20 hit with I Love How You Love Me in 1961.

Live rock‘n’roll will be provided at the launch by The Prefabs – Beighton-born singer Dave Berry, who had a top-five hit with The Crying Game in 1964, drummer John Firminger, Shaun McLoughlin, of the Sharp Cuts, on bass and vocals, and guitarist Chris Firminger, who has played with everyone from Frank White to Tony Christie.

The launch, on Wednesday, November 28, at 7pm, is raising money for the Sheffield Blitz Memorial Fund.

Places can be booked by emailing info@acmretro.com

n Dirty Stop Out’s Guide To 1950s Sheffield is available from The Star’s offices, York Street, Sheffield city centre, priced £12.95.