Manchester Unspun: Pop, Property and Power in the Original Modern City: How a City Got High on Music

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Manchester Unspun: Pop, Property and Power in the Original Modern City: How a City Got High on Music

Manchester Unspun: Pop, Property and Power in the Original Modern City: How a City Got High on Music

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As the growth strategy acquires an ever more corporate feel (Aviva Studios was originally conceived as “Factory International”), and the future of parts of east Manchester is outsourced to Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi owners, it is sometimes hard not to feel nostalgia for the wilder time when Wilsonian chutzpah was running the show in what locals still refer to as “town”. Unspun is an important slice of Manchester (make that Greater Manchester) history and will provide the quickest route into the city for years to come. Part of the motive for writing Manchester Unspun appears to be sheer astonishment at the scale of the transformation. He became entranced by the possibilities of Smithfield Buildings, an entire city block further up Oldham Street, and its potential for characterful apartments.

Whichever format you pick, the sample is from Kindle, where the print is larger and the photos clearer, which makes it hard to judge. An early member of the Hacienda nightclub, he also reported on it and the city's vibrant music scene for New Musical Express and The Face. The views from St Peter’s Square through Castlefield to the Lowry Centre were, and still are, a brilliant 20 minutes’ advertisement for the resurgent urban centre. As an ex-reporter turned PR, the author lays out the story in an accessible, informative and entertaining manner - no mean feat given this is a weighty, in-depth historical account, yet it’s never dry.He was one of the people who set up City Life, Manchester’s slightly edgier version of Time Out magazine. Manchester unspun is the story of how this happened and tells you more than any good practice guide ever could about how to transform a city. A flamboyant hybrid, conveying the nitty-gritty of municipal politics and private-public property deals with the zest and wit of the best journalism.

R eaders will enjoy the joyous mix of the author’s encounters with a who’s who of famous Mancunians, from Morrissey to Bernard Manning, Shaun Ryder to Sir Alex Ferguson, Frank Sidebottom to Andy Burnham, with walk-on parts from Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Anna Friel, Lemn Sissay, Caroline Aherne, Mick Hucknall and Jonathan Ross. Hélène (now my wife) and I were mortified, the coop was furious, and it took weeks to undo the damage to our reputation with the city council. The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report.Photograph: Universal Images Group/Getty Images View image in fullscreen The Haçienda in 1989: ‘Gave the kiss of life to a dying city and sparked a chain reaction of hubris, scandal, money and power politics still playing out today. The book argues that identities and alterities were multiple and versatile, that there was no war between Christianity and Islam during the early modern period, that ‘popular religion’ prevailed over theological principles, that women experienced slavery and religious conversion differently from men, that commerce prevailed over ideology and dogma, and that ‘positive’ human relations among people of different categories were not only possible but inevitable despite prevailing hostile conditions.



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