Yorkshire now best place to make it big in music biz
A new book published this week will outline how musicians from UK’s largest county have turned Yorkshire into a musical Mecca. Outlined in I’ll Go To T”Foot Of Our Stage - The Story of Yorkshire Pop Music, the book chapters how artists and musicians from all over region are shaping the UK musical landscape through bands like the Arctic Monkeys and the Kaiser Chiefs, and inspiring fellow Tykes to pick up their ‘axes’ to get performing. After the thinning of the musical fringe of the previous fifty years, the White Rose region has struck gold.
No longer playing second fiddle to Merseyside, Lancashire or London, Yorkshirebeat is now up there as a major musical destination. Appearing as a ‘B’ side county for so long, the region is now bursting with talent and top of the pops status that is deservedly shaping the path for future musicians and popstars.
Author Craig Ferguson says "This is the first time since the early 1980s that Yorkshire has been at the epicentre of furious pop activity. But back then, it was mostly musicians from Sheffield who were making the waves; now most cities in the county have a flourishing scene, with successful artists from Leeds, Wakefield and of course Sheffield at the vanguard of a vibrant new age of locally nurtured popular music. It's about time - you wouldn't bet against it continuing, and getting bigger and better in years to come. It's the place to be."
I’ll Go To T’Foot Of Our Stage - The Story of Yorkshire Music also outlines the megabucks attraction of Def Leppard from the 80s who appear as the richest band to come out of Yorkshire, as well as the rise of manufactured pop music where Mel B of the Spice Girls can lay claim to having the most successful Yorkshire hit single (weeks at Number One – 7 – with Wannabe).
I’ll Go To T’Foot Of Our Stage is a musical journey of author Craig Ferguson who maps out the very existence of pop music in the region from its rock ‘n’ roll heyday of the 50s, through Glam, Punk, Electric, Indie, Dance and Heavy Rock, to its current celebrated standing. Including bands such as Human League, Saxon, Utah Saints, The Cribs and Be Bop Deluxe it also goes into search of the Pop God’s of God’s own county such as Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley and Ronnie Hilton.
It took us a while to get there but the sound check is over.
Good Evening Yorkshire.
I’ll Go To T’Foot Of Our Stage - The Story of Yorkshire Music is published by yfppublishing.com and is on sale for £9.99 from Thursday 29th October. Craig Ferguson is available for interview. Press pack available.
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Book launch for I’ll Go To T’Foot Of Our Stage: The Story Of Yorkshire Pop Music @ Carpe Diem bar, Calverley Street, Leeds 5-8pm.