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New book! When Rock Went to College

By 17th July 2017October 25th, 2017No Comments

Legends Live at Lancaster University, 1969–1985

by Barry Lucas and Paul Tomlinson

featuring posters by John Angus and photos by Geoff Campbell


For 15 years, from 1970 until 1985, Lancaster was one of the great centres for live rock music in the world. The greatest names from every corner of the planet appeared on stage at Lancaster University’s Great Hall, earning both city and institution a permanent place in rock history.

The Who, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Black Sabbath, U2, Dire Straits, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Queen, T. Rex, Blondie, Ramones, Pretenders, AC DC . . . just some of the legends who featured virtually every weekend in little old Lancaster.

These acts were at the height of their fame. Top bands begged their agents to get them a booking at Lancaster University. In all, over 500 bands graced this small stage, in a small hall, in a small city in the North West of England.

Now, a superb book is about to be published, telling the full story of this unbelievable period, giving details of the performers and the shows, and revealing what went on backstage. Written by impresario Barry Lucas, who pulled in the bands that played, and avid rock fan Paul Tomlinson, this huge volume (large page size, around 400 pages in colour throughout) is a highly entertaining read, and is full of over 100 unique photos, posters, flyers, backstage passes, programmes, tickets and reviews, most of which have never been published before.

What happened was truly a phenomenon, a moment in time that will never be repeated. If you were lucky enough to be there, this book will bring happy memories flooding back; and if you weren’t, you will be amazed, and will easily be able to imagine the excitement and anticipation of walking through the Great Hall’s glass doors to be part of these legendary concerts.

When Rock Went to College is for rock music fans the world over, with a very special appeal for anyone associated with Lancaster or its fabled university.

“Barry and Paul have put together here not just a fascinating account of a rock & roll phenomenon, but a truly important and entertaining cultural and social history.”  –Andy Kershaw (journalist, radio and TV presenter)

Available now!

To order your copy today, click the image above to purchase from our online shop for £30.00.

You can also call our office on 01524 840111 and pre-order the book over the phone. By phoning us direct, you’ll get p&p for £1.99.

Or email with your contact details and we’ll get in touch with you to arrange your order.

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Use special code CARN10 for 10% discount at checkout!