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The Palace and the Punks

The Palace and the Punks [Kindle Edition]

Tony Hill
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Like a real life field of dreams Alf Hyslop built it - the Grey Topper music venue in Jacksdale, an obscure Nottinghamshire pit village - and they came - glam kings Sweet, Mud, Bay City Rollers, Hot Chocolate, soul legends Ben E king, Geno Washington, Edwin Starr, reggae greats Desmond Dekker and Jimmy Cliff, heavy metal acts UFO, Judas Priest, Saxon. Then came the punk rock and new wave explosion - The Stranglers, The Vibrators, UK Subs, The Members, The Ruts, Angelic Upstarts, Ultravox, Adam and the Ants, The Pretenders, Toyah, The Specials, Simple Minds. Inevitably with punk, violence flared, culminating in the Angelic Upstarts riot gig that has gone down in Jacksdale folklore. The Palace and the Punks tells the amazing, hilarious (imagine a 1970's Phoenix Nights if Top of the Pops was filmed there), and occasionally sad, true story of the Grey Topper, centred around its last rise and fall and pogo in 1979.
The book contains original interviews with and the memories of – Jet Black who talks about The Stranglers as an unsigned band in 1976 (using his ice cream van as a tour bus) punk and the Pistols, The Members (‘Sound of the Suburbs’), Andy Scott and Steve Priest of glam kings Sweet, Chris Fenwick manager of Dr Feelgood (who played their first gig outside of London at the Grey Topper when called The Pig Boy Charlie Band as featured in Sex Pistol film maker Julien Temple's Oil City Confidential), Roddy Radiation of The Specials, the UK Subs, Depeche Mode’s Alan Wilder, Eddie from punk originals The Vibrators describing being there at the one of the most famous moments in rock history – the Sex Pistols debut gig at St Martins college of art in 1975! The legendary punk rock festival at the 100 Club. Plus loads more first hand Topper tales.
From the same author of the acclaimed If the Kids are United.

About the Author

Tony Hill is also the author of the acclaimed book If The Kids Are United - this received 5 and 4 star reviews in national magazines and newspapers.

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  • Print Length: 252 pages
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  • Language: English
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Tony Hill hails from Jacksdale, an old mining village on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border, deep in DH Lawrence country. The world famous writer used to come dancing in Tony's village, where he had a great time, until allegedly getting knocked out for not supporting a local team as mentioned in Tony's books If the Kids are United and The Palace and the Punks. One of the last authors to be published by Victor Gollancz (before the Orion takeover), his - Kes evoking - book If the Kids are United was called 'the working-class Fever Pitch,' and received 5 and 4 star reviews.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Jewel In Anyone's Crown.... 23 Aug 2012
By npl62
If you weren't 'there' reading Tony Hill's latest offering The Palace and The Punks has to be the very best next thing. Using interviews with some of the infamous and legendary Topper Punks mixed with his own 'nose pressed to the glass - looking in' wishing he was older recollections, Tony Hill excellently captures the rise of this most unlikely middle of nowhere venue as it became one of the most notorious Punk venues on the tour circuit. You can't help but love this guys dry and witty but pithy North Nott's writing style as he recounts, mainly through the eyes of some of those who were there, stories of some of the top punk bands of the 70's (The Stranglers, The Members, Adam and the Antz, The Pretenders, Toyah, The Ruts, Simple Minds, UK Subs, Angelic Upstarts amongst many others) arriving in ..... err.... Jacksdale! Picture Del Boys van, New York, Paris.. Peckham and you'll kind of get it. Top bands of the day would publish tour adverts and posters in the NME, Sounds and Melody Maker proudly announcing dates in the usual big city venues, London, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds.... Jacksdale Grey Topper! Many of those band members who turned up and rubbed their eyes in disbelief at what they saw as they pulled in to this small mining village talk fondly in the book of their memories of the raw energy and enthusiasm of the Topper faithful.... others.... don't. Hat's off to Tony for getting this great blend of stories together and sharing them in such a 'real' and yet witty way. It's clear that he had the support of a lot of the bands that played the Topper none more so perhaps than the UK Subs, stalwarts of the Topper in it's pomp and kind enough to support the authors efforts to create a Topper reunion in the local Welfare only to have support withdrawn at the eleventh hour as less than fond local memories got the better of t'committee. I won't spoil the ending, do yourself a favour, dip your hand in your pocket and enjoy... The Palace and the Punks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Punk Off The Beaten Track 29 July 2012
By Musky03
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This book has been mentioned in the past on the Burning Up Time Forum. Since my job involves quite a bit of travelling, I invested in a kindle and thus it was that this book set me back a pound or so.

Telling the story of The Grey Topper pub in Jacksdale, Nottinghamshire in it's various incarnations over the past 50 years or so, this project was clearly a labour of love for the author, even more so when you consider that like me he was just that little bit too young to attend the gigs described in its pages! To look back and to know that those bands, notably The Ruts, Members and Subs played just down the road in your village woud really rankle.

The Stranglers are featured, hence the Forum connection, with a contribution from Jet, as they played at the venue in their early days, before the success of Rattus took them away from pub gigs. Jet talks of those early 'ice cream' years and of the band's appearance at this properly off the beaten track venue.

This book is a great little piece of highly personal, social history of which we should see more. Underlying the music is the spectre of the early years of the Thatcher administration that was ultimately to call time of the mining communities of Nottinghamshire and everywhere else for that matter. The stories of many 'punk critical' venues are well documented both in print and on-line, but for every Roxy and Marquee, there were a hundred unsung pubs, clubs, cinemas and dives that each played their own part in the punk wars and perhaps none are more important than those out of the way venues that created and maintained a scene many miles away from the large towns and cities that regularly featured in tour schedules.

I would recommend it very highly to anyone with a passing interest in the history of the late '70's UK punk scene.
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By Mangani
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I first became aware of this book from the Stranglers website which said that the Stranglers had played at the Topper in Jacksdale in 1976. Jacksdale is a small village in the middle of nowhere which is only a few miles from were I live so this was an intriguing story which had to be read. As I read further I became more surprised at bands that had played at the Topper over the years. Adam and the Ants, the Pretenders, Simple Minds, Angelic Upstarts, Gino Washington, Bill Hailey, Desmond Dekker, UFO, UK Subs, the Ruts, Ultravox the list goes on.

The book reveals some great characters, great bands and some spectacular, jaw dropping events that occurred. Well worth a read whether you like punk or not and whether you live near to Jacksdale or nowhere near it.

This book is highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Palace and the Punks 27 May 2013
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I would heartlly recommend this book !

Even though I am slightly biased towards it as I know a lot of the places in it (local to me) and in some cases the people and bands I found it fascinating and Tony's humorous style is a real joy!

The roster of artists who played at the topper is a bit of a punk who's-who at times, Tony clearly has a passion for the subject matter and his final chapter on organizing the reunion gig was fantastic and struck a personal chord with me as i organize gigs for charity myself and play in punk bands!

A reader with no local or musical connection to the book would still enjoy the humour of the narrative within and the nostalgia of the times !

recommended strongly !!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I thought this was poorly conceived and written.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. P. J. Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant
The book was as discribed and lived up to my expectations. I was so pleased i read it within two days.
Published 10 months ago by Paul Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars The palace and the punks review by Gobby
I was reading a great book while on holiday a few weeks ago in Ireland. Its The Palace and the Punks by Tony Hill. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gobby
5.0 out of 5 stars the punks and the palace
Heard about this book, and my wife ventured out and bought it for me. I could'nt put it down, read it in a day and a half. Read more
Published 14 months ago by shaun
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia, it's a thing of the past.
I don't think it'll win any literary prizes but it was an entertaining read for anyone, like myself, who lived through the early punk years. It was recommended on [... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read for anyone interested in the late seventies & early...
Good local knowledge about a legendary club which saw many famous bands play in a back water Notts Village. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Craig Chadwick
4.0 out of 5 stars Great local info
Great book about a local phenomenon! Good gift idea. Slightly damaged (by water/damp? pages had dried, luckily not damaging text).
Published 21 months ago by Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Well Worth Buying
Well worth it's price, great book, amazing stories, perfect for all punk music liking people and/or those who like music, 100% Outstanding
Published on 10 Sep 2012 by B Zupa
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