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Rock Atlas, Suffolk

Rock Atlas, Suffolk

Suffolk Rock stories


More than 650 fascinating music locations and the stories behind them are included in David Roberts’ book Rock Atlas. Among the entries in the 304-page Britiain & Ireland guide book are a good few from Suffolk.

The relative lack of large towns in Suffolk meant that
Ipswich managed to monopolise booking just about every act worthy of a place in the A-Z of rock legends. The county can also brag about attracting the likes of
John Peel to its bosom for 33 happy years of residency. He lies buried in the village churchyard at Great Finborough and farther east is the closest piece of mainland to another Peel related location, pirate station BIG L.

Suffolk music

(image courtesy of Peter Tarleton)


Felixstowe pier was start point for Britain’s largest chain of independent record stores, Andy‘s Records, whose HQ became based in
Bury St Edmunds; Gillingham’s Swan pub gave birth to that 21st-century hit-making machine The Darkness, and five miles out of
Southwold lies the setting for Suffolk’s very own miniature impression of Woodstock,
Latitude Festival which stages its three days of music, poetry and comedy every July.

The list of musically-talented Suffolk born people is a varied one and includes DJ and presenter Tim Westwood (Lowestoft), Brian Eno and Busted’s Charlie Simpson (Woodbridge) and Dina Carrol (Newmarket).

For more information, check out Rock Atlas by David Roberts, published by Clarksdale Books

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