With nightclubs closed, and bars and restaurants only able to offer takeaways, Manchester revellers are missing nights out as Christmas looms. But, it seems many are wanting to look back on happier times, with unprecedented demand for the joyful Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Manchester, a celebration of the city’s vibrant nightlife of the 1970s.
The book is packed full of memories and memorabilia celebrating the area in the era and features venues like the Electric Circus, Pips, the Golden Garter, Free Trade Hall and scores of others, with a foreword By The Smiths bass player Andy Rourke.
The publishers of Rikki Wright’s ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Manchester’ have struggled to keep up demand as online orders have poured in following months of shutdown.
Former Piccadilly Radio youth presenter Rikki says: “So many people have told me the book has been a welcome distraction from lockdown and provided much needed memories to put a smile back on their faces!
“Manchester of the 1970s was an incredibly vibrant place and it was a real honour to get the help and support of so many people when I was putting it together.”
The author is currently finishing the book’s follow-up – the ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1980s Manchester’ – and she has been inundated with people sending her memories and pictures after they’ve used their time in lockdown to search out old photo albums and scrapbooks.
“The one plus factor about lockdown has been the fact people have had time on their hands.” she adds. “They’ve been digging into their old photo albums to help me with my forthcoming book on Manchester in the 1980s.”
- The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1970s Manchester’ is available now for £13.95 from www.dirtystopouts.com