Pub rock (UK)

Pub rock (UK)

Infobox Music genre
name=Pub Rock
color = white
bgcolor = crimson
stylistic_origins=rock and roll, garage rock, British blues, folk rock, power pop, funk, hard rock,
R&B, beat music, twelve bar blues
cultural_origins= 1970s England (especially the pub circuit of London and Essex).
instruments=Guitar - Bass - Drums - Piano
popularity=Largely popular in the United Kingdom.
derivatives= protopunk, punk rock, New Wave, mod revival, indie rock, Britpop

Pub rock was a mid- to late-1970s musical movement, largely centred around North London and South East Essex, particularly Canvey Island and Southend on Sea. Pub rock was largely a reaction to much of the popular music of the era, which tended to be dominated by progressive rock and 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 blues influenced hard rock.

Pub rock was viewed by many as being an immediate precursor to the UK punk rock scene. Indeed, many pub rock acts such as Eddie and the Hot Rods went on to find fame in the first wave of British punk, while groups such as The 101'ers featured Joe Strummer of The Clash, and Kilburn and the High Roads included Ian Dury amongst their members.

In 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 Gate in 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.

Notable acts

*The 101er's
* The Amber Squad
*Bees Make Honey
*Blast Furnace and the Heatwaves
*Bazooka Joe
*Brinsley Schwarz
*Chas & Dave
*Cock Sparrer
*Elvis Costello (as D.P. Costello)
*The Derelicts
*Ducks Deluxe
*Eddie and the Hot Rods
*Dave Edmunds
*Eggs over Easy
*John Otway
*Wilko Johnson
*Mickey Jupp
*The Hamsters
*The Inmates
*Kilburn and the High Roads
*The Kursaal Flyers
*Nick Lowe
*The Motors
*Nine Below Zero
*Graham Parker and the Rumour
*The Records
*Riff Raff (Billy Bragg's first band)
*Ruthless Blues
*The Smirks
*Sniff 'n' the Tears
*The Stranglers
*Wreckless Eric

ee also

*British popular music
*Stiff records
*Garage rock
*Mod revival
*New Wave music
*Power pop
*Pub rock (Australia)

Further reading

*"No Sleep Till Canvey Island: The Great Pub Rock Revolution", Will Birch (Virgin Books 2000, 2003) ISBN 0-7535-0740-4

External links

* [ Southend Music Venues] by Southend Sites

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