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Teesside Clubbing

Part biography, part almanac, part local history project, Phil Saunders’ new book ‘This Club Could Be Your Life’ looks at the birth, life and death of alternative clubbing in Middlesbrough.

“Many have told me, with great drunken enthusiasm, that Sumo was the greatest rock night in the UK, if not the world.” Phil Saunders knows his stuff, certainly when it comes to nightlife on Teesside. He was at the helm of one of the region’s most respected promotion firms, Ten Feet Tall, and this book is a real labour of love. “I was on the front line every weekend, for fifteen years. Almost a thousand weekends, hundreds of bands, thousands of hours partying. Now, I’ve written it all down.” Saunders’ book is packed full of anecdotes and littered with playlists, gig diaries and behind the scenes gossip. If you’ve got any interest at all in the alternative scene in the region, then this book should be at the very top of your ‘Must Read’ list.

‘This Club Could Be Your Life’ by Phil Saunders is available from 1 November. 


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