MUSIC MEMORIES: Punk girls, the Boys from Bury and Jarvis Cocker

MUSIC MEMORIES: Punk girls, the Boys from Bury and Jarvis Cocker

By Richard Smith | 10/11/2010 1 comments

MUSIC MEMORIES: Punk girls, the Boys from Bury and Jarvis Cocker

LOCAL author Tony Beesley has been recording Rotherham's pop and rock history in his 'Our Generation' trilogy of books.He opened his archive to to give us a glimpse of the town's music fans getting their teenage kicks way back in the 80s.

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1 Multi-coloured hair in bleak 1980 Rotherham: A colourful display of Punk identity in Rotherham town centre around 1980. Taken near the old fountain near the market, this photo was given to me for my book 'Our Generation' by the cover designer Dave Spencer.

2 The Boys from Bury at Rotherham's very own Live Aid: This photo is one of bunch that were passed on to me to use in the 'This is Our Generation Calling' book by Phil and Craig Chatterton, of the popular local band Phil Murray and the Boys from Bury. This was taken at the Rotherham Live Aid event in July 1985.

3 Jarvis Cocker turns up to watch 'My Pierrot Dolls' in Rotherham 1981.This was taken around 1981 at Rotherham Arts Centre and was given to me to use by my friend Shaun Angell for my first book in the 'Our Generation' trilogy.

It was a concert by local New Romantics My Pierrot Dolls, who famously hit headlines for their fans fighting other fans at a Battle of the Bands contest a few years later.

If you look in the background of the photo you can see a very young Jarvis Cocker and a very early line up of Pulp watching the photo being taken.

Rotherham had a very lively New Romantic scene, popular in places being Charades and later on the Tivoli as well as the Crazy Daizy in Sheffield.


A musical heritage to be proud of.

Brilliant venues, great bands what a musical melting pot Rotherham was


  • I remember watching the specials,madness and I think selector (dance craze tour)at Clifton park or herringthorpe leisure centre in the early 80's I've tried to find information about it but not had any luck

    lizzzylashy. Fri 12 Jan 23:17:03.

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