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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 re-displayed 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.

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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Featured Prints

Glastonbury Stormzy (STORM001JF)

Stormzy

Stormzy lights up the Pyramid stage at the 2019 Festival wearing a Banksy designed Union Jack vest

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Glastonbury White Stripes (WS002JF)

White Stripes

The White Stripes give an electric performance on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2002

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Glastonbury Thom Yorke (RD001JF)

Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke and Radiohead playing a surprise performance on the Glastonbury Festival Park Stage in 2010

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Glastonbury  Pharell Williams (PHWI001JF)

Pharell Williams

Pharell Williams in 2015 on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival

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Glastonbury Jarvis Cocker (PULP001JF)

Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker performing one of his signature moves with Pulp on The Park Stage during the 2011 Glastonbury Festival

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Glastonbury Liam Gallagher (LIAM001JF)

Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher owning the stage whilst headlining with Oasis at the Glastonbury Festival in 1995

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Featured Artists

Blondie, Debbie Harry in London, 1977 Photo | Fine Art Print by Sheila Rock

Blondie

Blondie is a American rock band founded by Debbie Harry & Chris Stein that pioneered the New York new wave & punk scenes of the 1970s.

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Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher is best known as the charismatic, self-assured front man of Manchester Britpop band Oasis.

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Faces, The

The Faces

The Faces were an English rock band formed in the wake of the Small Faces’ split in 1969, releasing four studio LPs and one live album.

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Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy's music reflects a wide range of influences, including blues, soul music, psychedelic rock, and traditional Irish folk music.

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U2

U2

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group are one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time.

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Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana.

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Featured Collections

Contact Sheets Collection

Contact Sheets Collection

Our contact sheet collection is a rare opportunity to look back at the hidden moments surrounding some of rocks most iconic images.

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The Duffy Archive Collection

The Duffy Archive Collection

For eight years photographer Brian Duffy worked with David Bowie and shot his most iconic and enduring images. View his fantastic collection

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Mick Rock Limited Edition Print Collection

Mick Rock Limited Edition Print Collection

Curated collection of authentic, signed limited edition fine art prints by legendary rock music photographer, Mck Rock

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Jill Furmanovsky Collection

Jill Furmanovsky Collection

Jill Furmanovsky is one of the greatest ever rock & roll photographers with a huge archive of iconic shots of the world's best music artists

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Oasis Print Collection

Oasis Print Collection

This print collection by Jill Furmanovsky contains images of Oasis on-the-road, onstage and recording in the studio during their zenith.

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