Walthamstow Rock 'n' Roll Book Club are pleased to present Paul Hanley, author of Leave the Capital: A History of Manchester Music in 13 Recordings.
When British bands took the world by storm in the mid-sixties, the world turned and looked at London. Despite the fact that the most successful of these bands hailed from the North West corner of England, for the USA, London was the source of these thrilling new sounds. And in many ways it was – The Beatles, The Hollies and Herman’s Hermits recorded all their hits with London-based producers, for London-based companies in London studios. And that’s how it remained, until four Mancunian musicians became alive to the possibility of recording away from the capital.
This book tells the story of Manchester music through the prism of the two studio’s key recordings. Of course that story inevitably takes in The Smiths, Joy Division, The Fall and The Stone Roses. But it’s equally the story of Bus Stop and East West and I’m Not in Love. It’s the story of the Manchester attitude of L.S. Lowry, by way of Brian and Michael, and how that attitude rubbed off on The Clash and Neil Sedaka. Above all, it’s the story of music that couldn’t have been made anywhere else but Manchester.
Walthamstow Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club, may be one of the borough’s best kept secrets. They have been hosting unique and fascinating events with leading authors and musicians since 2015. Past guests include Paul Morley, Shirley Manson, David Hepworth, Brix Smith, Gina Birch, John Niven, Miranda Sawyer and many, many more!