Between the Lines: A History of Haven

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Troubador Publishing, 2012 - Rock groups - 240 pages
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Haven crash-landed in Manchester at the tail end of the nineties. They quickly found their feet and voices as well as a devoted fan base, following a joyous residency at the legendary Night and Day Caf . Soon after, Radiate Records (Virgin) asked them to sign on the dotted line. The summer of 2000 found the band recording at Clear Studios, watched over and encouraged by the inspirational Johnny Marr. 2002 dawned beautifully with the release of their album Between the Senses that hurled Haven into all corners of the planet. They were repeatedly met with critical acclaim, wild applause and their fair share of rock 'n' roll misadventure.The book, which is the first to be written about Haven, speaks of the chemistry and camaraderie, the struggles and the smiles shared by this group of musicians against the backdrop of 21st century Manchester. Author Mary has weaved her own autobiographical sub-plot around their story, giving the book a particularly intimate perspective. In-depth interviews were conducted with all of the band members, resulting in a good measure of the narrative being in their own words. It is an authentic and accurate account of a largely untold journey that shines a light in an alternative corner of the celebrated Manchester music scene. Mary is inspired by Jack Kerouac and other Beat Generation writers. Between the Lines will appeal to fans of music and those interested in Manchester's cultural history.

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About the author (2012)

Mary's love of the written word is matched only by her love of music. She studied English Literature at Loughborough University and edited Terrible Beauty fanzine for seven years. She has worked in a variety of bookshops and libraries, alongside doing promotional work in the music industry. Mary currently lives in Manchester.

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