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*There is a Light That Never Goes Out*

A photographic celebration of Manchester's rock music history

 

Manchester is a city inextricably linked to its musical heritage.

When our Oasis DNA exhibition finished showing at Manchester Central Library in 2017, the idea of a Manchester rock exhibition seemed a natural follow up. So in collaboration with writer, Jon Savage and help from the Manchester Digital Music Archive last year we pulled together a unique collection of over 90 photographs to display at the library.

We decided to concentrate on showing gritty images of those bands and musicians whose music is so deeply rooted in Manchester, one cannot imagine rock music or the city itself being the same without their contribution. Many of these are the bands and musicians that formed in the wake of punk, at a time when Manchester’s music scene was expanding in a unique and inimitable way. The exhibition featured shots of Joy Division, Oasis, Buzzcocks, The Smiths & Stone Roses, to name a few, by many of the UK’s most talented music photographers, including Manchester based, Kevin Cummins, Paul Slattery, Pennie Smith & Jill Furmanovsky.

In addition a number of photographers have contributed more contemporary images of the Manchester scene, giving an overall picture of Manchester’s music heritage from the mid-1970’s right up to the present day.

Our display at the library was a huge success and seen by over 38,000 visitors. So great was the local acclaim and pride in the exhibition that we want it to remain in and belong to the city, as a legacy for current and future generations to enjoy.

The exhibition has recently been redisplayed at The Market, a food market and exhibition space at the University of Manchester where it can once again be enjoyed by the people of Manchester, students and visitors.

Now we & the University are fundraising to raise enough money to ensure this great visual record can be kept here on a permanent basis. You can donate to the exhibition here

 

 You can visit the exhibition at:

The Market
University Place
University of Manchester
176 Oxford Road
Manchester
M13 9PL

8.00am-4.30pm Monday - Friday

 

 

New Order (NEW001STDO)

New Order

New Order in Rome whilst on the video shoot for their song 'Regret'

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Tony Wilson (WILS001HB)

Tony Wilson

The Hacienda 10th Birthday party in 1992. Tony Wilson ride the dodgems as the Hacienda was decked out like a fairground

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Electronic (ELEC001STDO)

Electronic

Johnny Marr & Bernard Sumner from Electronic on a photoshoot in London in December 1991

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A Guy Called Gerald (GUY001PJW)

A Guy Called Gerald

A Guy Called Gerald & Graham Massey from 808 State play live from Victoria Baths, Manchester during Tony Wilson's Other Side of Midnight Gig

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Smiths, The (SM002KC)

The Smiths

Early image of The Smiths on a shoot in 1983 on the outskirts of Manchester

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Fall, The (FALL001JF)

The Fall

The Fall performing an early gig at Manchester's renowned music venue Band on the Wall in May 1977

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Morrissey (MOZ001MCCART)

Morrissey

Stunning photograph of Morrissey by Mary McCartney taken at the Royal Festival Hall, London in 2004

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Pink Floyd (PF007ANWH)

Pink Floyd

Syd Barrett captured in a candid moment at Abbey Road Studios whilst rehearsing for the recording of 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn'

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Rolling Stones, The (RS001BG)

The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards from The Rolling Stones performing live at the legendary Madison Square Gardens, New York in July 1972

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Queen (QN001MPUT)

Queen

Queen rehearsing for their first major tour
. North End Road, Fulham, London July 1973

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Horace Silver

Horace Silver performing at the Newport Jazz Festival, Rhode Island in July 1966

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David Bowie

David Bowie, Lou Reed & Iggy Pop during a press conference at the Dorchester Hotel, London in July 1972

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Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher

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Joy Division

Joy Division

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Elton John

Elton John

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Cliff Richard (and the Shadows)

Cliff Richard (and the Shadows)

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Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart

With his distinctive raspy voice and profound lyricism, Rod Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

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Paul Weller

Paul Weller

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