Barbarella’s was another legendary venue in the city of Birmingham between 1972 and 1979. Once located in Cumberland Street, this is now an area that has been completely restructured. It was one of Eddie Fewtrell's clubs. Fewtrell promoted bands like AC/DC, Dire Straits, Queen, Sex Pistols, and The Clash. It was a devoted crowd who regularly turn up at Barbarella’s to see these bands as well as others such as Judas Priest, The Ramones, or The Killjoys. However, its legendary status came with Punk in the 70s. Duran Duran's drummer Roger Taylor took stage several times with punk bands. Ignore its sound quality but you need to listen to that live recording from the Sex Pistols’ gig on 14 August 1976 featuring Flowers of Romance and I Wanna Be Me. Have a look at it here. On 4 July 1978, Dire Straights recorded a live album there titled Birmingham at Barbarella’s. Another rare live tape includes The Ramones’ Barbarella’s, Birmingham, UK, 24 May 1977.
Cumberland Street, Birmingham (Photo by Google Street View)
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