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on 18 November 2010
Those who believe that Liverpool was the centre of the popular culture universe need to read Malcolm Wagner's tale of Manchester nightlife. The title would indicate that this is yet another George Best memoir, far from it. Malcolm's has led a remarkable life in his own right - as lead singer with early 60s pop group The Whirlwinds, he toured Manchester's suburbs alongside future 10cc star Graham Gouldman, during a period when Manchester was at the eye of the storm.
After his pop career ends he meets Best and other luminaries throwing him into Manchester nightlife and international playboy-dom. Later, he runs a nightclub with the footballer, Slack Alice, that becomes a favoured haunt for the likes of Elton John and Mick Jagger. Later still, the author invents the world's first ice dispenser. In between Malcolm finds time to fly planes, ride horses and run a hotel.
With anecdotes a plenty about the great and not so great from this era, he recalls a more innocent age when working class northerners threw off the post-war shackles and attacked life with gusto.
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