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Legendary Bristol Rock Venue Book



Tangent Books has acquired the remaining stock of The Granary Club: The Rock years 1969 to 1988 from previous publisher Broadcast Books. The book is now available for just £5.99 including postage from until the end of July. The book normally retails at £14.95


Compiled by Al Read – one of the team that started rock events at The Granary in 1968 – and painstakingly researched, the book lists the bands that played the famous Bristol venue between 1968 and the final gig on 11th August 1988.


Al Read was a DJ at the Granary between 1968 and 1982 and the book is a compelling record of Bristol’s premier rock venue . Open its pages to find Mott The Hoople on October 19th, 1970; The Cortinas supporting Looney Tunes on Novemebr 23rd 1976 or Man on August 25th1983.


Most of the entries are accompanied by profiles and there are several first-had accounts of life at the club, which many of us recall being less than salubrious and never dull.


Granary Club: The Rock Years 1969 to 1988 is essential reading for anyone interested in Bristol’s musical heritage.


The direct link to the page is but it’s also on the home page at



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