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De Montfort Hall’s rockin’ past in spotlight

Published on Monday, October 31, 2022

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A cover shot of the book 'Going Down De Mont'

THE BEATLES, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Leicester’s own Kasabian are among the rock giants who have played the city’s De Montfort Hall over the years – and all will feature in an author talk at Leicester’s Central Library this week.

Goin’ Down De Mont: A People’s History of Rock Concerts at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall is a new book from Leicester-born and bred author and musician Bruce Pegg, who now lives in New York.

On Thursday (3 Nov), at 6.30pm, Bruce will give a free talk at the library, presenting a unique portrait of this much-loved venue. Goin’ Down De Mont catalogues more than 60 years of musical history through the eyewitness accounts of more than 200 fans and celebrity musicians.

From teenage girls in the Sixties screaming at The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, through to Seventies visits by rock giants David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, and on to Simple Minds, OMD and Kasabian, the book is packed with memories and previously unseen images, bringing back musical memories going back all the way to the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s also a unique portrait of De Montfort Hall as a much-loved, iconic venue, written by a local author with intimate knowledge of its musical heritage.

Signed copies of the book will be available to buy on the night. The book will also be available to borrow through Leicester libraries soon.

There is no need to book for the event – just turn up. It’s one of a regular programme of author talks and events held by Leicester Libraries to help promote reading for pleasure.

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