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Local History Publications About Erdington

A selection of books published by Birmingham Library Services that bring alive Erdington's past


by Marion Baxter and Peter Drake
0752403451 £9.99

Farming scenes, cave dwellings and a Victorian orphanage are not items that today's residents might expect to find in a book of photographs of Erdington but all of these, and other surprising scenes, are all included in this book. Erdington's development from a straggling agricultural hamlet of Victorian times into a busy modern residential area is recorded in this collection of around 240 old photographs selected from the archives at Birmingham Central Library. Both the grand houses, some of which have survived, and the labourer's cottages which have not are pictured here along with fascinating commentaries about their histories. Another particular interest is the series of photographs taken by the Victorian photographer Sir Benjamin Stone whose home was at the Grange in Erdington, and also the many picture postcard views. Many of the images have never before been seen in print.

This book will appeal to all who know or have known Erdington, the quiet hamlet that became a busy suburb of Birmingham.

Mothers 1968 -1971

Mothers 1968-1971: the home of good sounds
By Kevin Duffy

Mothers was THE "home of good sounds". From 1968-1971 the club carved a niche in the history of rock music.

This book captures the spirit of the club, telling the story of its rise to fame as the mecca of the underground music scene through the eyes of its members, managers and musicians and helping to explain why Mothers was so unique.
The list of bands that performed there reads like a roll call of rock legends. Pink Floyd recorded Ummagumma at Mothers, The Who performed Tommy and Traffic staged their debut gig. As DJ John Peel recalls '.....I sometimes get mail from younger people who live in Erdington who are amazed to hear that for a few years, the best club in Britain - and it was, because I went to most of them - was right here in Birmingham.'.