Mapping out the secret history of rock

The station near Cromford which found fame on the cover of Oasis single Some Might Say.
The station near Cromford which found fame on the cover of Oasis single Some Might Say.

Did you know that is was in Ripley that one Harry Webb made his live debut performance under the name Cliff Richard?

Or that a small disused railway station near Cromford graced the cover of a seminal Oasis single?

Well you will if you were lucky enough to find a copy of new book Rock Atlas in your Christmas stocking.

Put together by David Roberts, it takes a region-by-region tour of the UK and Ireland and over 650 music locations.

It’s packed with fascinating facts and weird stories, including how Harry Webb made his stage debut under the name of Cliff Richard at the Regal Ballroom in Ripley, on May 3, 1958.

The book is filled with striking images, many of them captured by Chesterfield amateur photographer Peter Tarleton.

Peter, (66) from Walton, is originally from Merseyside and his lifelong love of music led him to photograph the gravestone of legendary DJ John Peel.

The image was seen by David, who asked if he could use it in the book.

“I told him: ‘If you want any more doing, just send me a list!’,” Peter explained and so he went out photographing everything from the famous Strawberry Fields gates in Liverpool to the Leadmill venue in Sheffield.

Rock Atlas, is published by Clarksdale and is available from Amazon, and all good bookshops.