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on 11 July 2001
Thus book is full of magnificent memories and quirky information about two nights that changed the folk history of Manchester. When the Sex Pistols visted the city in 1976 they inspired Joy Division, The Fall, The Smiths,the Hacienda nightclub, Factory Records, and every youth culture craze right up to Oasis. Their first night audience was small but David Nolan shows how almost everyone went on to form a band - and many of them became icons of popular culture. The style is easy and readable, the characters are painted in a grubby, safety-pinned technicolor, and there are some cracking one-liners. Take yourself back to 1976, kick yourself for missing the gigs, and learn enough detail to pretend you were there. The perfect stocking filler for a difficult 40-something.
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on 11 July 2001
The book follows in the wake of the Granada Television documentary of the same name. Where as the documentary was (initially) limited to the Granada region only, the book will enable those that were not lucky enough to see it, to understand why the subject matter was felt worthy of an hour-long feature.
So what is it all about? In a nutshell, two students would invite the Sex Pistols to Manchester, a move that would transform the local music scene in the city forever. The students in question would become better known as Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto, founder members of the Buzzcocks.
The television researchers pulled together an impressive array of participants that really were there! The book itself brings together the interview transcripts recorded for the show, linked by informative explanations and information. In this respect the book works well and is structured to allow the story to unfold in a straightforward yet entertaining manner.
Beginning with a forward by Howard Devoto we get to hear of his trip to London with Pete Shelley in search of Malcolm McLaren's shop and the subsequent invitation they made to the Pistols to play in Manchester. This they would do twice, on 4th June and the 20th July 1976, both at the Lesser Free Trade Hall. If however, Howard didn't have the use of a friend's car one particular weekend it's likely they would never have made it to London and the whole subsequent musical revolution in Manchester, if not throughout Britain, might never have happened!
The impact of the Pistols on Tony Wilson (then the presenter of 'So It Goes' on Granada) led in turn to the Pistols appearing on the show. One interesting snippet (which wasn't mentioned in the documentary) is the confirmation that the end of the Pistols performance of Anarchy In The UK had been doctored prior to transmission, by the director, Peter Walker. Why? The reasons are all here.
The book is full of new information from the likes of Glen Matlock, Jordan, Mick Rossi and Wayne Barrett (Slaughter And The Dogs), Tony Wilson, and many more involved at either the live shows or 'So It Goes'. Often highly amusing (Clive James gets a good trashing!) and containing material that didn't make it to the finished film plus some rare photographs, this book will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in the Sex Pistols, punk rock, or the birth of the Manchester music scene...
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on 9 August 2001
A spin-off from the Granada T.V. programme.This book gives you everything you need to know about the Sex Pistols early gigs in Manchester in 1976 and their first ever T.V. appearance on 'So It Goes'. A great read, David Nolan's book answers all those nagging questions with recent interviews with those who really were there! Complete with never-before-seen photographs, read this book and you will understand why the aftershock of these events 25 years ago are still being felt today. Informative, amusing and and a very English tale of inspiration and energy in desperate times...
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