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Books Editorial

FrontPage.jpg Live At The Front Page

Dozens of North-East musicians and bands are featured in a new book about one of the North’s best-loved live venues, the Front Page in Carlisle.

The book highlights the difficulties facing small live venues, musicians, events companies and entertainment industry workers caused  by the coronavirus lockdown and ongoing restrictions to live events.

Snake Davis, one of the UK’s foremost session saxophone players has written a foreword to the book which talks of his love for little live venues from village halls to city clubs, and warns that without more government help, many will disappear for ever.

Live At The Front Page tells the story of the club during the eighties and is set against the backdrop of the Thatcher government’s destruction of northern heavy industries and the bitter clashes around the miners’ strike.

But is also celebrates live music from the golden era of British pop, from the Beatles’ first major tours of 1963, through Art College and University gigs, big city venues like Newcastle City Hall and the Mayfair Ballroom to stadium concerts by Bruce Springsteen and Queen.

In between the book celebrates Front Page appearances by Steve Marriott, Jack Bruce, Ronnie Scott and a host of Newcastle bands including Ray Stubbs’ R&B Allstars, Watt    Government, Archie Brown & The Young Bucks, Jazawaki, and All Because the Lady Loves.

It is shot through with nostalgia for great artists giving great live performances, and reveals some never-heard stories about The Beatles, David Bowie and Steve Marriott.

It’s available in bookshops or online from www.bookscumbria.com. Pictures from the book and more details can be found at www.liveatthefrontpage.co.uk or on Facebook @thefrontpageclub