Liverpool in the past: they did things differently back them

The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there,' wrote LP Hartley in the novel The Go-Between. Good line. But if that's the case the past we or our parents lived through is another planet completely.

Ten, twenty, forty or fifty years on nothing seems as crazily dated as the fashions and hairstyles we experienced in our earlier lives. TV programmes look amateurish, cars cheap, even furniture styles seem ludicrous. Could we really have loved those things? Bought them? Behaved like that?

A new book about Liverpool takes a look back at the seventies but affectionately. 

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

This what the publishers are saying.

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 the city.

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.

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 Babalou and Golden Guinea.

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."

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 from for £29.95 and limited to just 250 copies. It is available through this link.

Rotters Liverpool
Out on the town in Rotters Image: Neil Anderson Media
Liverpool Fc Wags Of The 1970 S
Liverpool FC and the '70s WAGs Image: Neil Anderson Media
Erics, rock'n'roll central Image: Neil Anderson Media
Eating At St Johns Beacon
St John's Beacon and the world's best haircuts Image: Neil Anderson Media
Dirty Stop Outs Guide To 1970S Liverpool Cover
Dirty Stop Outs Guide to 1970s - the cover Image: Neil Anderson Media
70S Fashions Of Liverpool
Yes, people actually wore this stuff Image: Neil Anderson Media

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