When writers choose who to create biopics for, you have to believe that something interesting happened in their lives to warrant that choice. Martin Luther King, Johnny Cash, Mohammed Ali and many others give a flavour of the interesting lives people … Continue reading Control (2007) Review
Sometimes a factual narrative rather than a full on documentary is the best way of telling a story. I’m sure that Manchester’s music scene has got numerous documentaries about it, some of which are very good. The bands that feature in 24 Hour Party People probably each have their own documentary, telling the story of their rise to fame, success and for some, ultimate failure. I know for a fact, the main subject of the movie, Tony Wilson, Factory Records and to a lesser extent the Hacienda, will definitely have lots of factual television about it, it being such a key … Continue reading 24 Hour Party People (2002) Re-View
I have been feeling old recently when it comes to going out in Manchester. The problem is that I still have a strong desire to attend the exact same clubs that I have been going to my whole clubbing life. I have found no new exciting clubs to go to that play the music that consumed my clubbing life way back when. When I first started on the clubbing scene, my club of choice on a Thursday night was at the club 5th Avenue (aka 5th Ave to the true Mancunians) and the night was called ‘Back by Demand’. It felt … Continue reading A Night of Dancing: 42nd Street, Manchester
Morrissey: The Legend. On Saturday 28th July 2010. At Manchester Arena. Seated: Block 215 How I long to have been a teenager in the 1980’s. Glancing at my record collection, the familiar pinnacle British bands of a generation jump out at me: Joy Division, New Order, The Cure, The Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets and The Smiths. The Smiths are one of my all time favourite bands. Not only are their songs lyrically and musically beautiful, but the political passion conveyed, both subliminally and outright obvious, makes them an important part of musical and cultural history. Album covers used artwork, images and titles to help represent the political stance and … Continue reading Gig review: Morrissey
Sound Control – New Wakefield Street I have only attended one gig here so far and that was Nina Nesbitt last month on 24th April 2012. The history of this venue is exciting (for me anyway). I knew Sound Control when it was a music shop and my friends and I would go in and ‘play’ the guitars and the drums. When I discovered that it was being relaunched into a venue/club I was intrigued to see the transformation. Nina played her set on the ground floor, which is the perfect size for a cosy, intimate gig. The stage itself … Continue reading A Review of the Manchester Venues: Part 1 – The Intimate Venues
As Ben mentioned yesterday, I’m going to start writing about music using Views from the Sofa. This space is for me to share my music experiences. I want to share the music that I listen to, whether it be listening to my i-pod on the bus, music at a club, at a live gig or something fresh that I’ve heard on the radio. Hopefully some exciting new artists and amazing new gig venues will emerge in my reflections. I have grown up in one of the greatest cities in the world, renown for its music genius. Due to the antics of the … Continue reading Welcome to Sounds from the Sofa!