1980s Liverpool: Bombed Out Website Goes Live

1980s Liverpool: Bombed Out Website Goes Live

Above Photo: Sunrise over the Liver Buildings on Liverpool’s Waterfront (© Liverpool Echo)

For more articles on Punk, New Wave, 1970s and 1980s Liverpool bands and music, visit my other website dedicated to it: http://www.bombedoutpunk.com/

As someone once remarked, having a website that deals with 1980s Liverpool bands and the Vietnam War and its hangovers, such as the Khmer Rouge and unexploded ordnance, is a difficult balancing act, but it has worked pretty well for me up until now, although from today I have set up a dedicated website for my Bombed Out! book.

The Bombed Out! website is now live at www.bombedoutpunk.com and over the next days, weeks, months and years I plan to write high quality articles about book-related people, places, bands, locations and history from the 1970s and 1980s, in much the same way as I do here for BACK-related articles.

The two topics – the Vietnam War, and ‘70s and ‘80s Liverpool and the UK do have some similarities from a writing point of view.

Nobody in the world is writing about the Vietnam War and the Secret Wars in Laos and Cambodia in the volume of articles I have so far produced about them. And it’s the same for this remarkable period of Liverpool’s and the UK’s social and musical history, which I find astonishing.

Liverpool band A Shock - sorry - A Flock of Seagulls. Some of the worst haircuts of the 1980s.

Liverpool band A Shock – sorry – A Flock of Seagulls. Some of the worst haircuts of the 1980s. (© unknown)

Liverpool, and a Punk and New Wave club called Eric’s, during the time Bombed Out! chronicles, saw the creation or incubation of many subsequently world-famous bands like Echo and the Bunnymen, the Teardrop Explodes, Elvis Costello, A Flock of Seagulls, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Dead or Alive (whom I played for in an earlier incarnation, called Nightmares in Wax). Many more, and often much better bands played or were born in Eric’s and in Liverpool at that time, however.

My book records a personal journey through that musical landscape rather than being a book about all those Liverpool bands, except when mentioning them in passing; although it does detail my time in Eric’s club, and in two bands called Pink Military Stand Alone and Nightmares in Wax.

The Toxteth Riots.

The Toxteth Riots. (© unknown)

This extraordinary period of Liverpool’s musical history and the impact of the cultural melting pot of Eric’s Club in Mathew Street is all the more surprising given that it was taking place in a city that was being decimated economically by the recently elected Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher. My book also deals in gritty detail with life in the city as the economic noose tightened back then, and what I decided to do about it once I’d left the bands and was faced with the prospect of no job and no future.

I will start posting Bombed Out! article links onto this site, and if readers want to read them and click on the link, great, and if not, they can ignore them and read the rest of the articles on this site.

The Bombed Out! website contains some interesting book-related photos of Liverpool, bands and many relevant people, places, events and buildings referred to in Bombed Out! down the right hand side of the front page. If you refresh the page they keep changing.

For more articles on Punk, New Wave, 1970s and 1980s Liverpool bands and music, visit my other website dedicated to it: http://www.bombedoutpunk.com/

And order an advance paperback copy of the book by clicking on the link below.

http://www.bombedoutpunk.com/buybook.php

 

  

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