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Manchester: Looking for the Light through the Pouring Rain [Hardcover]

Kevin Cummins
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17 Sep 2009

Manchester, its bands, its fashions, its attitude, has defined pop culture for the best part of four decades. Joy Division, The Fall, Buzzcocks, New Order, The Smiths, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, Oasis. These were the bands that shaped two generations of teenagers and changed the course of pop music.

Manchester: Looking for the Light through the Pouring Rain is a portrait of these individuals, the city, and their times. Whether it be on a rain-soaked stage in Brazil, a rented room in Whalley Range, or on the dancefloor of the legendary Hacienda, Kevin Cummins' exquisite photographs capture the anarchic energy of the Manchester pop moment. This stunning visual record of the city and its pop history is complemented by four textual contributions from Paul Morley, Stuart Maconie, Gavin Martin and John Harris. What is it about that city that makes it the Memphis of the UK? Cummins' photographic record of the past 30 years captures the highs, the lows and the transcendent pop moments of Manchester's most famous sons.



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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (17 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571233759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571233755
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 21.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Manchester born Kevin Cummins has an international reputation as one of the world's leading photographers.
His iconic portraits of rock musicians as diverse as Joy Division, The Smiths, Manic Street Preachers, Courtney Love and David Bowie have graced magazine covers, galleries and bedroom walls the world over and are included in the collection of The National Portrait Gallery and The V&A amongst others.
Kevin has published five critically acclaimed monographs to date. The sixth: Sometimes the Sky's Too Bright, a Manic Street Preachers collection, is due for publication in March 2012. Furthermore, his award-winning Manchester monograph: Looking For the Light Through the Pouring Rain, will be issued in softback with a new jacket by Faber and Faber in May 2012
He has lived in London since 1987 but retains strong links with the North West of England.
Go to: kevin@kevincummins.co.uk for information about signings and events

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'Kevin's photographs have shaped the way fans perceive their idols. These images capture moments long forgotten. This iconic book ensures they will live forever.' -- Noel Gallagher

'Kevin Cummins was a constant, capturing a kind of beauty that seemed elegiac.' -- Ian Rankin


'Cummins has raised the status of his work to the level of art.' -- John Peel

'One of Britain s greatest photographers. -- Independent

'An intimate glimpse of incipient genius; that precise fabulous moment when subject, shooter and zeitgeist combine to create a truly iconic image.' --Esquire

'One of the top rock photographers in the world.' -- Manchester Evening News

'I had to suffer for Kevin's art and I hope he realises that.' -- Mani, The Stone Roses

'These pictures of the Stone Roses in their pomp are the polar opposite of the wintry monochrome of Kevin s famous Joy Division pictures. But the effect is the same, the creation of an image that mirrors the music beautifully and one the band will forever be identified with.' -- Stuart Maconie

'All memorable, defining images.' -- Miranda Sawyer, Observer

'Cummins' images of the city and of key players in Mancunian music from that famous shot of Ian Curtis, cigarette in hand, to Liam Gallagher are a key part of the iconography of the city's soul.' -- Independent

'Kevin's photographs are extraordinary and down to earth at the same time.' -- Johnny Marr

'I don't want to insult the musicians but without these photographs it just wouldn't have had the same impact . . . his pics capture the times and the places much more than words. Kevin's gift is to capture these moments in time and also to somehow make them at the same time relevant now - how he does it I do not know.' --David Peace --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The definitive photographic history of Manchester pop from 1976 to today, featuring some of the most iconic music photographs of all time.

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5.0 out of 5 stars All the streets are crammed with things 29 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover
Leafing through this wonderful book for the first time, numerous snapshots of the years in which my musical interests were formed came to mind - from album covers to NME articles to posters on the bedroom wall and beyond. Strange men from a strange, dark town that - at the time - I had never visited and seemed a world away. Frankly the photos stand on their own - telling not just the story of these bands that bestrode British music for the best part of two decades, but also of the people and the city that created them.

The cleverly structured commentary from just about everybody who was anybody in Manchester in this period turns this book from a coffee table book of the first order (and I use that description hesitantly as it really doesn't do the book justice) into a must-have item for anyone who wants to understand British music from the late seventies into the nineties or, like me, just loved most of these bands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Manchester Light Found. 23 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover
Think of the most iconic photo's of the Manchester music scene over the last 30 years and they are probably in this book. Why? Because Kevin Cummins took them all! This book is an amazing pictorial journey through Manchester music history and what stands out is that many of these great images are already part of your sub-concious. From the early shots of the Factory Gang and Joy Division, to the NME Stone Roses front cover. . .they are all here. The stills are all linked together by a wonderful first hand commentary from leading figure in the Manchester music world.

This is the most wonderful collection of images and a must for anyone who was involved the scene, wanted to be or anyone serious about music.

A must buy book.

Radish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History of Manc Music 10 Jan 2010
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Being from Manchester and having an unhealthy bias for Manchester bands-i have to say ,hand on heart this is a wonderful book. Kevin was a photographer for the NME in the 70/80/90's and this book is filled with the classic photo's of Manchester's favourite bands. His pictures of Buzzcocks, The Fall, Joy Division, The Smiths and Oasis are iconic. Fantastic collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 22 Nov 2011
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This was bought for my son-in-law. A Mancunian who lived through these fabulous times. Great details, fantastic pictures. Well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic stuff... 13 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
I lived through this in the 70's, going to many of the gigs that Kevin captures in this wonderful book. Buy it and relive a wonderful era...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuine Modern Day Treasure 30 Nov 2009
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A truely beautiful work of art is the only way to describe this book. It's the coffee table version of so many teenage bedroom walls and preserves some of the most iconic music related photographs of modern times. The final chapter is one that can't fail to touch anyone who holds dear Manchester music and the genius that was behind so much of its exposure. One to love and treasure.
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