Stardom in Acton

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at
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

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 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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