Take It To The Limit: The Story Of A Sheffield Rock’n’Roll Legend
by Neil Anderson

The rich story of a truly legendary venue

This book serves as a
companion piece to Tony
Beesley’s Our Generation
(reviewed in RC 369) which
told the story of the South
Yorkshire punk and post-punk
scene. Here, however, author
Neil Anderson concentrates
on legendary Sheffield club,
The Limit.

The West Street venue
was the brainchild of DJ
George Webster and former
policeman Kevan Johnson.
Opening on 22 March 1978
with a show by local club
band Bitter Suite, an
appearance by Siouxsie & The
Banshees soon set out the
club’s stall as an alternative
venue. The Limit lasted until
1991 and, during that time, it
put on early shows by the
likes of U2, B52s, The
Pretenders, Simple Minds,
The Police, Madness, The
Specials and Eurythmics.

Though local acts seem to
have had a love-hate relationship
with the management, out-oftowners
Pulp, Cabaret
Voltaire, and Clock DVA also
played the club, not to
mention a mind-boggling
coupling of Human League
supported by Def Leppard.
Though carefully avoiding a
rose-tinted brand of revisionism,
this slim but tightly-packed book
conveys the affection that many
still hold for the club through the
author’s own memories and
interviews with staff, band
members, journalists and
punters.

4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars

ACM Retro | ISBN 9780956364906, 143 pages

Reviewed by Shane Baldwin
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