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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

 

 

Joy Division (JD002KC)

Joy Division

Classic early shot of Joy Division rehearsing at the TJ Davidson's Rehearsal Rooms in August 1979

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Oasis (OA001STDO)

Oasis

Oasis pictured at Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire in June 1994

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Joy Division (JD001LR)

Joy Division

Ian Curtis of Joy Division performing at the Paradiso, Amsterdam in January 1980 wearing his famous 'The Sound and the Fury' t-shirt.

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Smiths, The (SM001GL)

The Smiths

Morrissey wields a protestor’s placard bearing the title of The Smiths anarchic ‘Queen is Dead’ tour and album in Manchester,1986

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Joy Division (JD001JF)

Joy Division

Joy Division backstage before a gig at the YMCA London (supported by Monochrome Set) in August 1979.

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Johnny Marr (SM002RIMA)

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr onstage with The Smiths at the GLC's Jobs For Change free music festival in the summer of 1984.

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James (JAMES001STDO)

James

James on a photo shoot in Manchester in June 1990

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Happy Mondays (HAPPY001HB)

Happy Mondays

Shaun Ryder from the Happy Mondays relaxing at Factory Records, Manchester in 1992

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Joy Division (JD001KC)

Joy Division

Iconic shot of Joy Division walking in the snow near Manchester Cathedral in 1979

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Joy Division (JD003KC)

Joy Division

Ian Curtis taking a break during rehearsal at the TJ Davidson's Rehearsal Room, Manchester in August 1979

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Smiths, The (SM001SWRI)

The Smiths

The image of The Smiths outside Salford Lads' Club that graces the inner sleeve of their classic album The Queen is Dead

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Joy Division (JD004KC)

Joy Division

Ian Curtis during Joy Division rehearsal in Manchester in August 1979

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New Order (NEW001JF)

New Order

New Order relaxing in a hotel room near Kings Cross, London in 1984

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Smiths, The (SM002SWRI)

The Smiths

Iconic Strangeways Road sign from the back of the ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’ album shot in 1987.

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Joy Division (JD002JF)

Joy Division

Contact sheet of Joy Division backstage at the YMCA, London in August 1979

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Buzzcocks (BUZZ002JF)

Buzzcocks

Punk group Buzzcocks captured under a Manchester street sign in August 1977

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Buzzcocks (BUZZ001JF)

Buzzcocks

Buzzcocks captured in a public library whilst on a press session in Manchester in August 1977.

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Oasis (OA044JF)

Oasis

Noel & Liam Gallagher from Oasis backstage before performing onstage at Wembley Stadium in July 2000

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Oasis (OA051JF)

Oasis

Noel Gallagher tuning his guitar on the floor of Studio Two, Abbey Road Studios during the recording sessions for Be Here Now in 1996

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Oasis (OA045JF)

Oasis

Taken during the Oasis 'Definitely Maybe' Tour in Detroit, USA in 1995

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Oasis (OAMR001JF)

Oasis

Noel recalls "Maine Road was where we all used to go as kids. So I was standing there, trying to make sure I never forgot this moment"

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Morrissey (SM003RIMA)

Morrissey

Morrissey performing at the GLC's 'Jobs for a Change' Festival on London's South Bank

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Happy Mondays (HAPPY001STDO)

Happy Mondays

Happy Mondays messing about in Clerkenwell, London in 1986

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Joy Division (JD005KC)

Joy Division

Joy Division on the Princess Parkway in Hulme, Manchester in January 1979 taken by Kevin Cummins.

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New Order (NEW001HB)

New Order

New Order's Bernard Sumner at home in Altrincham in 1995 during a photo shoot commissioned by The Sunday Times.

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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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U2 (UT007DC)

U2

U2 on top of a hotel roof in Cork, Ireland on a cold February morning in 1980

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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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Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix at the Melody Maker Pop Awards 1967

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The Clash

The Clash on stage at the the first large scale Rock Against Racism/Anti Nazi League carnival at Victoria Park, April 1978.

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The Jam

Contact sheet of The Jam's photo shoot for the cover of their debut album 'In The City'

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Patti Smith

Patti Smith photographed in the Netherlands in January 1980

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Amy Winehouse onstage at the V Festival in 2008, photograph taken by photographer Mark Mawston

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