Manchester, England: The Story of the Pop Cult City

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Fourth Estate, 2000 - Manchester (England) - 319 pages
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The definitive account of the pop cult capital of the UK by Dave Haslam, one of Manchester's top DJs and journalists. Manchester, a predominantly working-class city, away from the nation's capital, has been at the margins of English culture for centuries. The explosion of music and creativity in Manchester can be traced back from Victorian music hall and the jazz age, to Northern Soul and rock and roll, through to acid house and Oasis. But its roots are in Manchester's history as a melting pot of popular idealism and dissent, from the industrial revolution on, via film, theatre, comedy and TV. And for Manchester, read England and the world. Dave Haslam is uniquely placed to tell this story - Manchester, England is as witty, erudite and passionate as you would expect from a man who can say, again and again, "I was there." Like Jon Savage's England's Dreaming, this is the last word on the abiding centre of 40 years of UK pop culture.

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A bit of a strange one this, I expected from a renowned Manchester DJ a more up to date/modern take on Manchester life, so I freely admit that I found the approx the first 1/3 of the book boring as ... Read full review

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Manchester has a huge history and this book gets it in. From the massacre at Peterloo to the Hacienda, Dave Haslam makes sure that no important part of Manchester is left out. You can feel the passion he has for this wonderful city and he combines the old industrial Manchester with the music centre of the North Manchester and makes it one place. A great read. 

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Madame Chester and OneArmed Dick
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If Thats Music Im the Shah
54
Punk PostPunk and the Punk
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Dave Haslam has written for the NME, the Face, the Observer and the London Review of Books. He built his DJ-ing reputation over 450 nights during the Haciendae(tm)s golden age, and for the Stone Roses at Spike Island. He currently has a fortnightly residency at Britaine(tm)s biggest superclub, Cream.

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