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Roadies, Rock and Record Reads

Published Tuesday, 06 November 2018

Coventry Libraries have put together a collection of books with a musical theme, in support of the city’s rich music heritage.

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The collection of both fictional and factual books includes titles such as Ruth Cherrington’s ‘The Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970’s Coventry’, Gareth Murphy’s ‘Cowboys and Indies – The epic history of the record industry’ and Daniel Rachel’s ‘Walls Come Tumbling Down – The music and politics of rock against racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge’.

Councillor Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “Those of us who are old enough to remember the Locarno dance hall in Coventry City Centre, now home to Central library, will remember the legendary nights that saw bands play such as The Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and of course The Specials. More recently Central library has teamed up with Get It Loud in libraries, an organisation that brings great live bands to libraries. This collection of books has been pulled together for anyone interested in the music industry and in how Coventry has played a big part in this.”

Coventry has always had a rich history of music and started to get noticed in the late 70’s when the Selector, The Specials and the whole Ska movement really took hold and started a scene. It celebrated some great names in the 80’s and 90’s, including Hazel O’Connor and The Primitives and since then has been home to Broken Dolls, Pint Shot Riot and of course The Enemy with their number one album, ‘We live and die in these towns’.

Coventry has celebrated a vibrant and full on nightlife from the days of the Locarno and The Lanch to the more recent addition of the Ricoh Arena which has staged big names such as Rihanna, Robbie Williams and the Rolling Stones and venues such as The Kasbah and The Empire, which have hosted The Libertines and the Enemy.

Books from the collection can be reserved at any library or online and can be found in Central Library in the featured stand. Books can be viewed at

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