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House Of Holland Man

My 2012 “roots” prediction about London-based fashion designer Henry Holland was accurate, if somewhat premature: in 2016 he collaborated with documentary photographer Martin Parr on the presentation of…

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Who is Mayer Hawthorne?

I think I trod on his plectrum. Was it heart-shaped? Was it damaged by my black patent Doc Marten shoe? I hope so. For symmetry’s sake. You see,…

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The Fat Huntsman

I’ve lived my life in the shadow of the name Grosvenor. My first address was Grosvenor Place; I studied art in Grosvenor Building; I met my husband in…

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Wilson & The Angry Brigade

Was Tony Wilson influenced by Situationism or was he just posing? (At the risk of harping on, this follows on from the previous post. Quotes are from The…

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Smith vs Wilson

Tony Wilson and Mark E Smith have loomed so large over Manchester’s recent cultural history that I’ve felt inclined to ignore them both as much as possible, in…

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We Had Doubt

I first heard Prefab Sprout on Radio 1 late in the evening circa 1983, singing Lions In My Own Garden (Exit Someone). A wordy title for an oddly…

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Princemania!

I couldn’t afford or justify a £70+ ticket to see Prince last week but I didn’t want to ignore his visitation either… so here’s my friend’s account of…

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What is Common Knowledge?

Ex-Manchester journalist Jon Ronson wrote The Men Who Stare At Goats… That should ring a bell, because the film of the book stars George Clooney, and even if…

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Carmel 1984

In January 1984, the second issue of City Life proclaimed the four great hopes of the Manchester music scene to be Carmel, The Smiths, The Fall and New…

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How Deep Is Your Love?

Barry Gibb visited my kids’ primary school yesterday… Oswald Road in Chorlton. He’s an ex-pupil. I’ve got 3 kids at the school but I only heard about the…

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S.O.S. Style

Breakout has got to be one of the most perfect pop records to come out of Manchester… but because Swing Out Sister didn’t gig, I had no idea…

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The Smiths 1983

The Smiths meant a great deal to me in 1983 for some reason… But what were they on about? What were they telling us thirty years ago? ‘This…