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Tue Aug 12 12:02:58 CDT 2008
>From The Telegraph:
London's Shepherd's Bush is rock and roll capital of Britain
It may not come as music to the ears for proud pop fans in Liverpool and Manchester, but the rock and roll capital of Britain has been named as Shepherd's Bush.
The distinctly unglamorous West London suburb - most famous as the home of sitcom rag and bone men Steptoe and Son - has emerged as the unlikely winner of the title of the UK's top music hotspot, with one star for every 1,222 residents.
Beatles lovers on Merseyside and Mancunian devotees of Oasis and the Smiths may argue over bragging rights for their cities as the true home of British rock and roll.
But a survey reveals humble Shepherd's Bush, whose most famous landmark is Wormwood Scrubs prison, has given us more rock stars per head of population than any other area of the UK.
Researchers checked where more than 500 of Britain's most successful rock artists were born and bred, from 1950s pioneers like Lonnie Donnegan, who was from Glasgow, to current favourites including The Arctic Monkeys, from Sheffield.
The startling result was that W12, with a population of around 11,000, came top of the list with one star for every 1,222 locals, according to the poll by www.guitarrockstar.co.uk
Shepherd's Bush wins the prize thanks to its history as the birthplace of Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwhistle from The Who.
Punk icons Glen Matlock, Paul Cook and Steve Jones from The Sex Pistols, and Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash were also born there, as well as John Weider of The Animals.
Besides these natives, there are a number of rock and roll stars that have made Shepherd's Bush their second home, most notably the ex-Libertines and Babyshambles front man Pete Doherty. Although born in Basingstoke, Doherty moved to the area when he was 16, where he learned to play guitar and picked up his love of the local football team, Queens Park Rangers.
And Grunge rockers Bush, led by Gwen Stefani's husband Gavin Rossdale, were named after the area where he grew up.
Holly Lackey, from www.guitarrockstar.co.uk said: "Mancunians may have bragging rights over Liverpool, Glasgow and London as the most rock and roll city, but it's Shepherds Bush that really stands out on the map - there must be something in the local air that makes it our UK capital of rock."
When Britain's top cities are compared, London has produced the most stars with 89 (including The Clash, The Kinks, Madness and Phil Collins), but Manchester, with 22 (including Oasis, The Smiths, Stone Roses and Joy Division), wins when the figure is calcluated by polulation, followed by Oxford and Liverpool.
The list in full - city / number of stars / ratio of stars per head of population:
1: Manchester, 22 stars, 1/17,855 2: Oxford, 9 stars, 1/24,100 3. Liverpool, 15 stars, 1/29,073 4. Coventry, 10 stars, 1/30,347 5. Glasgow, 19 stars, 1/31,421 6. Bristol, 13 stars, 1/31,576 7. Cardiff, 8 stars, 1/38,167 8. Belfast, 6 stars, 1/46,076 9. Birmingham, 19 stars, 1/51,425 10. Newcastle, 5 stars, 1/51,907 11. Sheffield, 10 stars, 1/52,580 12. London, 89 stars, 1/82,644 13. Edinburgh, 5 stars, 1/89,700 14. Leeds, 7 stars, 1/102,200 ends
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