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Forty years ago Ian Brown met the Clash - a band that changed everything I Love Manchester
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Forty years ago Ian Brown met the Clash – a band that changed everything

Forty years ago, almost exactly to the day, Ian Brown of the Stone Roses...

We all have a personal map of Manchester in our memories

I remember when it was rare to see tourists in Manchester. You’d have people...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
Liam Gallagher loves Manchester

The night that changed Liam Gallagher’s life

Sitting down to write my new book, and trying to work out what had...

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...

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

It’s right that we celebrate the city’s music history - Joy Division, the Smiths,...

Goodbye Manc music maverick Mark E Smith

Mark E Smith was born on 5th March 1957. But let’s start where The...

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