Sheffield music author Martin Lilleker dies

Martin Lilleker launching his book in 2005
Martin Lilleker launching his book in 2005

A Sheffield author and music expert who penned a best-selling book about the city’s music scene has died, his family has announced.

Martin Lilleker, author of Beats Working For A Living: Sheffield Popular Music 1973-1984, died ‘peacefully’ in the early hours of New Year’s Eve.

The former Sheffield Telegraph music journalist was well known in Sheffield for his expertise on music and pop and had forged links with people in the industry the city over.

His son Thomas Weatherall announced Martin’s death on Facebook on Sunday evening.

He wrote: “I am very sad to announce that my dad and best friend Martin Lilleker passed away peacefully in the early morning of New Year’s Eve.

“In the hours before he was listening to his favourite records and watching Vic & Bob and we were by his side.

“Annie and I will be confirming the date and location for the service during the next couple of days.”