- Pub rock (UK)
Infobox Music genre
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rock and roll, garage rock, British blues, folk rock, power pop, funk, hard rock,
beat music, twelve bar blues
England(especially the pub circuit of London and Essex).
Guitar- Bass - Drums - Piano
popularity=Largely popular in the United Kingdom.
protopunk, punk rock, New Wave, mod revival, indie rock, Britpop
Pub rock was a mid- to late-1970s musical movement, largely centred around North
Londonand South East Essex, particularly Canvey Islandand Southend on Sea. Pub rock was largely a reaction to much of the popular musicof the era, which tended to be dominated by progressive rockand highly polished, supposedly over-produced American West Coast 'AOR' sounds. Many viewed such music as inaccessible and 'out of touch', while pub rock was very much about getting 'back to basics', tending to be based around live performances in small pubs and clubs, playing unpretentious rhythm and bluesinfluenced hard rock.
Pub rock was viewed by many as being an immediate precursor to the UK
punk rockscene. Indeed, many pub rock acts such as Eddie and the Hot Rodswent on to find fame in the first wave of British punk, while groups such as The 101'ersfeatured Joe Strummerof The Clash, and Kilburn and the High Roadsincluded Ian Duryamongst their members.
North London, one of the most notable venues for pub rock was the Hope and Anchor pub on Islington's Upper Street, still a venue (right). Other important pub rock venues included the Pegasus Music Hall - a pub in spite of its name - on Green Lanes, the Dublin Castle in Camden Town, The Pied Bull at The Angel (also gone), Bull and Gatein Kentish Town, the Kensington near Olympia and the George Robey in Finsbury Park(now demolished). Many of these pub venues, particularly the Hope and Anchor, became notable for hosting punk rock later.
Besides the well-known venues, many other London pubs of the time would hire out the large meeting halls, music halls or ex-billiards rooms they often had available as do-it-yourself gigs for aspiring pub or punk rock musicians.
* The Amber Squad
Bees Make Honey
Blast Furnace and the Heatwaves
Chas & Dave
Elvis Costello(as D.P. Costello)
Eddie and the Hot Rods
Eggs over Easy
Kilburn and the High Roads
The Kursaal Flyers
Nine Below Zero
*Graham Parker and the Rumour
*Riff Raff (
Billy Bragg's first band)
Sniff 'n' the Tears
British popular music
New Wave music
Pub rock (Australia)
*"No Sleep Till Canvey Island: The Great Pub Rock Revolution", Will Birch (Virgin Books 2000, 2003) ISBN 0-7535-0740-4
* [http://www.southend-sites.co.uk/venues/index.html Southend Music Venues] by Southend Sites
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