Book celebrates Peter Stringfellow's legendary Sheffield club King Mojo

Scores of former club-goers from one of Sheffield’s most iconic clubs have contributed to a book that aims to create the venue’s defining legacy.

Saturday, 28th September 2019, 15:11 pm
King Mojo-goers get ready to board a bus to dance on the legendary Ready Steady Go! TV programme

The King Mojo – a teenage club opened in 1964 by city-born entrepreneur Peter Stringfellow and his brother, Geoff – attracted musicians that went on to global fame.

Stevie Wonder, Ike and Tina Turner, Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Pink Floyd all played early gigs at the venue at 555 Pitsmoor Road.

Arguably its biggest claim was introducing the Small Faces to the audience that set them on the road to fame.

Famed soul and R&B artist Ben E King inside the King Mojo office

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The band were booked to perform at a nearby working men's club but they were kicked off after a couple of numbers. The King Mojo mod audience thought they were manna from heaven and the rest, as they say, is history.

The Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1960s Sheffield – The King Mojo Edition is set to be launched at a special King Mojo night in November.

Sheffield author Neil Anderson says the edition of his Dirty Stop Out series will be a tribute to the Stringfellows, who both died in 2018.

He said: “Few clubs anywhere in the country have a story comparable to that of the King Mojo.

Ace faces: regulars at the King Mojo club

“The contribution Peter and Geoff made to popular culture in the era was quite incredible. The club created lifelong friendships amongst its teenage audience and attracted acts that went on to conquer the world.”

The book’s launch night will be re-creating the vibe of this incredible club via the dancefloor sounds of DJ Stevlor & The Spinning Orphans who spun the discs at the legendary sell-out Mojo reunion in 2011 at the Leadmill.

There will also be an exhibition of posters by King Mojo artist Colin Duffield.

The event takes place in the nightclub of Genting Casino Sheffield on November 8. It will raise money for Cruse Bereavement Care.

Writer Neil Anderson and Peter Stringfellow with a reproduction of the King Mojo sign when one of Neil's books was launched

Tickets are available from www.dirtystopouts.com or in person from the casino.More details: 0114 228 8980.

A ticket to the King Mojo club