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Sweet Dreams: 1980s Newcastle [Paperback]

Anna Flowers , Vanessa Histon
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10 Oct 2013
Welcome to 1980s Newcastle. The city had undergone great change during the previous two decades and, despite the 'winter of discontent' that ended the 1970s, many looked towards the 1980s with hope and optimism. Sweet Dreams indeed! Looking back, for many in the North East, the 1980s evoke central government's divisive policies and the uncertainty they brought, the destruction of traditional industries of the area such as mining and shipbuilding, and the growth of the service sector. By 1989 the city had begun to redefine itself, even to market itself, and to give the banks of the Tyne a whole new purpose. And Newcastle still knew how to party with its thriving club scene. The 'Boat', The Tube and the Riverside vividly fix the decade for many contributors. Others remember street parties, alternative shopping, the novelty of the Metro rapid transit system that opened with the decade, Kevin Keegan's inspirational goals, mind-blowing rock concerts at the City Hall, the Great North Run, and the Tall Ships. They are all here, along with much more. This book shows an energetic Newcastle in full colour, no longer black and white - except for the Magpies! It still seems very close but slightly strange.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Tyne Bridge Publishing (10 Oct 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1857952154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857952155
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 20 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anna flowers is Publications Manager for Newcastle Libraries' Tyne Bridge Publishing. Vanessa Histon is a freelance writer and editor living in Hexham.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality publication 16 Mar 2014
This book has been very well put together both visually and in the grouping of themes. It's packed with lots of brilliant photos you won't have seen before and lots of very personal yet still broadly evocative stories.

I especially enjoyed hearing Keith Armstrong (who was head of Newcastle based Kitchenware Records) deliver the Kitchenware story in his inimitable style that is a brilliant hybrid of rant and propaganda.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant memories! 14 Nov 2013
Excellent book, containing lots of happy childhood memories. It's wonderful to look back at Newcastle as it was back then.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia,pleasure and hedonism 5 Jan 2014
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A brilliant book packed with memories of Newcastle in the 80s - revel in the nostalgia !
Great pieces on the groundbreaking music show, The Tube (and memories of the Egypt Cottage next door), the creation of Viz comic and Monday nights in the Gosforth Hotel. The Handyside Arcade,Leazes Arcade,The Mayfair,shopping at Phaze or Marcus Price.Springsteen and Lindisfarne at the City Hall, cocktails at Hanrahans and Tuxedo Junction, beer and bands at the Broken Doll, the list goes on. Takes you right back. Highly,highly recommended (the photos are excellent too). Almost makes you wish you could still go to Tiffanys on a Sunday......
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 21 Mar 2014
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Good read for anyone like me who spent the 80's around Newcastle pubs and clubs.
Even my mate has a couple of articles and photos in it.
Good memories of a great time
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