on 25 May 2015
As a 15yrl old schoolboy that skipped school to help set the bands gear up at the Outlook in Doncaster during 1977/78 this book brought back some memories, i wish i could have made a contribution. Well worth a read, the only down side is i would have liked to see more photos
on 15 September 2013
Speaking as one who was a regular at the Doncaster Outlook in the late seventies this book has rekindled some great memories and had me reliving the gigs of the time....my first ever gig The Ramones supported by Talking Heads, The Sex Pistols under the guise of The Tax Exiles and the uproar that was Sham 69....good times and excellently portrayed in this book, a book not only of local interest but to anybody interested in the music of the time....I cant wait to read the rest of the trilogy....i think Mr Beesley has a new follower.
on 29 June 2010
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the first book in Tony Beesley's `Our Generation' trilogy, I couldn't wait to get hold of this, the second instalment, `Out of Control', and wasn't disappointed. Once again, writing with huge enthusiasm for the subject matter, Tony gives us a fascinating insight of how the Punk/New Wave explosion gradually reached out into the backwaters of our nation, despite being faced with often aggressive opposition. The smaller venues across the country played an important part in bringing the new bands to the attention of the public and this book tells the story of two of them in South Yorkshire. You can almost feel the sweat running down the walls and share the desperation of the young fans who were willing to miss last trains home just to (sometimes unsuccessfully) try to see a band that they may have only read a few lines about in that week's music papers.
Many fantastic photographs of the punk fans, photocopied gig flyers and some of the up and coming bands of the era help to capture the spirit of a more innocent time and show how the scene was often `done on the cheap'. In present times when we are charged extortionate booking fees to see four distant figures onstage in glorified carpet warehouses (or `arenas' as they are called), it is fascinating to read about the days when The Ramones and Talking Heads shared the bill for the princely sum of £1.25!
This is a book I'm sure you will enjoy as much as I did; it is a heartwarming read and stands as a reminder that attitudes and popular culture can be changed if people get motivated enough. I can definitely recommend you buy this, I mean it maaaan...
on 21 August 2010
The say that nostalgia isn't what it used to be and its true all the TV shows like Ashes to Ashes , That 70s show give a cartoon version of what it was like growing up in the 70's and 80,s
Antony Beesely really captures the feel and the grit of the period in his books it is almost like having a bunch of mates round and reminiscing about the old times. Well written funny and informative but more important a good read.
on 8 September 2010
`Out Of Control' tells punk story from the North of England
Whilst the London-centric music press of the mid to late 1970s largely dismissed anything happening slightly north of Watford there were actually two South Yorkshire venues that boasted more than their fair share of seminal punk gigs.
The goings-on at Rotherham's Windmill and Doncaster's Outlook would have been consigned to the archives if it wasn't for the tenacity of local lad Tony Beesley and his one-man crusade to put the two South Yorkshire towns on the world's punk rock A to Z.
Don't worry if you're not of the Northern persuasion and missed every gig to disgrace the area; `Out of Control' is packed full of household names, rare photos and plenty of tales about the likes of Sex Pistols, The Damned, Generation X, Buzzcocks and scores of others who played landmark shows in the area that will get you nicely hooked straight away.
Two of the most notable gigs covered in the book are by the Sex Pistols - the latter taking place on their `secret' tour in the summer of 1977 as the Tax Exiles.
The book is very much written from a fans' perspective and includes scores of interviews from the people that were there.
Tony Beesley said: "As the history books on punk rock have been written; The Roxy and the Vortex in London, the Electric Circus in Manchester, Erics in Liverpool and Barbarellas in Birmingham: these are the ones remembered as the key live music venues of the era.
"These places rightfully deserve their stories in the annals of punk rock is chequered and illustrious history but there are two other venues that are never mentioned anywhere except within the pages of this book and they have shamefully ignored for too long."
Doncaster Outlook gigs of note start late in 1973 with a performance by Bob Marley. Dr Feelgood were there two years later, closely followed by Ian Dury's Kilburn And The High Roads.
The Sex Pistols first performed on September 27, 1976.
Rotherham's Windmill hardly boasted the most glamorous surroundings - it was part of Millmoor, home to Rotherham United.
"For a year or two they were the `in' places for punk rockers, miles away from the trendy London punk clubs."
"These two ground-breaking punk-hosting venues hold exciting and momentous punk pedigrees and they too deserve their names placed in the whole punk rock picture."
Duncan `Kid' Reid of The Boys remembers his visits to the area with affection.
He said: "We usually had to travel to play Sheffield and Doncaster, arriving in the dark just in time of the sound check. After that, a long wait for the gig which was the good bit. And then there were the girls. They travelled all over the North and the Midlands. From Birmingham, Yorkshire, Manchester and Liverpool: students, nurses, and shop girls by day, punk rockers by night."
`Out Of Control' is well researched and a fascinating insight into the birth of punk rock from a different perspective.