Music fans of a certain age can relive their gig memories of their younger years via a new photobook covering shows around the country from 1974-1990.
’16 Years’ – created by music fan Chris Brickley – is a 500-page tome capturing in more than 2000 pictures from the scene in Scotland from that era.
Author and music fan Ian Rankin pens the book’s foreword, saying: “A treasure trove of concert memories from Scotland’s rock music past. A trip down memory lane for many of us, it’s also an invaluable guide to a lost world of venues, bands, fashions and moments in time.”
The book is arranged by town and venue across the country, and takes in post/punk, indie, rock, pop and reggae with unseen and forgotten images of both household names and long-forgotten acts – and, of course, many venues now no longer with us including Clouds, Night Moves, Tiffany’s, the Apollo and Silver Thread, plus less familiar but crucial clubs like Splash One, Subterraneans, The International Hotel, The Onion Cellar, The Stagecoach, The Venue, Fat Sams and The Tamdhu.
As well as live and posed shots, by both professional photographers and amateur snappers, there are also images of flyers, tickets, posters, setlists and other memorabilia from the time, spanning 32 towns, 120 venues and 500 bands.
As well as inevitably covering music in Scotland’s major cities, towns and villages less regularly associated with the music scene appear – West Linton, Dumfries, Inverkip and Cumbernauld.
Acts featured include David Bowie, Sex Pistols, Clash, Ramones, REM, U2, Joy Division and Jam to Kraftwerk, Devo, Cramps, Fall, Adam and the Ants, Birthday Party, Suicide, Skids, Scars, Simple Minds, Postcard bands and The Wake, as well as Crass, Swans, Virgin Prunes, Nico and Divine.