Geoff Tristram
Laura Tristram
Steve Jolliffe

This is a book about the life and times of a remarkable little club that helped to launch the careers of hundreds of big bands, including Dire Straits, The Police, The Pretenders, Judas Priest, the Manic Street Preachers, UB40, Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, U2, Nick Lowe, The Stranglers, Ultravox, The Boomtown Rats, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart (The Tourists), The Wonder Stuff, Squeeze, and Paul Carrack, but sadly (as you will discover inside), not Queen!

With contributions by Robert Plant, Steve Gibbons, Damon Albarn and Alex James, and many more, plus lots of hilarious, not to mention downright bizarre reminiscences from the stellar cast of die-hard fans who frequented the place!

Pictured left - Just one of the 300+ photos and illustrations from the book - a hand-drawn flyer, a few badges from Howard Williamson’s collection, an old Capability Brown sticker, a hand-drawn poster by Pete Beardsmore to advertise the new King Street club, a colour photograph of John Verity (Argent, Phoenix, The John Verity band) with his entry in the visitors’ book, a lovely black and white snap of Planty on the JB’s stage, and beneath, John Illsley of Dire Straits (the band Sam wanted to manage). Last but not least, Hackensack, who virtually lived at the club in the ‘70s.

JB's The Original, legendary live music venue.

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