Granada TV documentary from 1990 exploring the 'Madchester' music phenomena of the late 80's and early 90's.Featuring NME reporters Stuart Maconie and James Brown on a tour of the city along with photographer Kevin Cummins. Also includes live footage and interviews of Happy Mondays,808 State, Inspiral Carpets and Northside.With contributions from Anthony H Wilson , Danny Kelly and the Central Station design team who gave us some of the classic Factory records sleeves.
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Thursday, 22 October 2015 16:05

Manchester Band Space Monkeys Converse to ZANI

Back in the Atmosphere: Manchester band Space Monkeys talk Tony Wilson, influences and LP, The Daddy of them All.
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Sunday, 31 May 2015 15:16

Shaun Ryder talks to ZANI

Salford, Greater Manchester, before it became the central home of the BBC, had been a part of England viewed as hostile, deprived, industrial as well as being hugely creative; spawning some major artists and bands that have not only been
successful but also have been highly influential,
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Getting it from the horse's mouth is definitely the best way to hear a story, and that certainly is the case with Peter Hook's Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division. A title that says what it does on the tin, as Hook shares the highs and lows of the short but successful career of Joy Division. A band that only spawned two albums, Unknown Pleasure and Closer, records that have stood the test of time and still cited by many as a major influence. The story of Joy Division is as tragic as it is inspiring,
Published in Music Archive
Thursday, 29 December 2011 15:52

Ian Curtis – Remembered Thirty Two Years On

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In two albums and five singles Ian Curtis managed to bring us all into his world. I was about twenty when he died I loved Joy Division as did Bobby Gillespie. But could have Ian Curtis have lived with the massive success that was coming his way, if he hadn’t had committed suicide, who knows ?  But Dead Souls, Isolation and Decades best describe the world that Ian inhabited.
 
In addition, he also summed up the seminal Factory Records in many ways, somehow Creation Records managed to do this without anybody dying. Factory Records had a death in their history and Ian Curtis was their biggest star really and still is. Off the top of my head, I think there have been now four films about Ian Curtis and Factory Records that says it all.
Published in Music Archive
Sunday, 18 December 2011 15:28

Peter Hook On The Cobbles

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“Well, it’s a good life and a good world, all said and done, if you don’t weaken’” states Arthur at the end of Alan Sillitoe’s novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. An angry young man, who works in a bike factory, resists authority, drinks too much and sleeps with the foreman’s wife. Yet after receiving a beating from his foreman’s brother and his friends, who happen to be soldiers on leave, Arthur questions his life waking up to the fact that to lead a fulfilled life you have to exercise self-control and strength.

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