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DJ, journalist, book reader/writer, occasional broadcaster, reluctant shopper, proud parent, slave to the rhythm.

How New York and Manchester fell in love through great music scenes

One of my favourite videos is Confusion by New Order. The band are in New York, there’s a girl working in a pizza place,...

Why Dave Haslam is taking his shirt off in Salford

Despite the pleasures of the internet and its potential to amuse us 24/7, I don’t see any evidence that we’ve lost our appetites for...
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How a strobe-lit Happy Mondays video captured an era of cultural change

In the 1980s getting videos played on MTV and Channel 4’s The Chart Show was an important means to boost a music act’s profile...

Manchester’s small venues: the places where careers begin and lives are changed

I’m an old guy, in love with music for decades. Someone asked me if I felt lucky that I’d seen so many iconic bands...

Roots, rock, reggae! New exhibition in Hulme celebrates Rock Against Racism

An exhibition of photos, fliers, and posters at Niamos in Hulme celebrates a day in July 1978 when forty thousand people gathered in Alexandra...

Manchester: a city where music still has the power to turn strangers into family

I have an older sister and a younger brother, but for some of my childhood my parents fostered too. This was mostly when I...

The night that changed Liam Gallagher’s life

Sitting down to write my new book, and trying to work out what had happened in all my years enjoying and contributing to music...

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the TUC. What can we learn from this...

In 1968, the Trades Union Congress was exactly a hundred years old. The first meeting - a bringing-together of representatives of different trades to...

Women in Manchester music: are the times a-changin’?

It’s right that we celebrate the city’s music history - Joy Division, the Smiths, the Stone Roses, Oasis, Elbow. But at the same time it’s...

Goodbye Manc music maverick Mark E Smith

Mark E Smith was born on 5th March 1957. But let’s start where The Fall started - with the name. His first action, on forming...

Is 2018 going to be a tough year for Manchester’s night-time scene?

It’s heartbreakingly easy to lose money in the night-time sector. The margins between success and failure are tiny. One good night in a week...

Dave Haslam goes in search of the recording studios that launched the Manchester music...

A healthy music scene thrives in an eco-system of rehearsal rooms, labels, promoters, journalists, record shops and venues. A good choice of recording studio...

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