Perhaps best known for his bio “The Stone Roses and the Resurrection of British Pop,” Brit rock scribe/musician John Robb has set his sights on the slightly broader picture for his next work: Manchester’s place in the world of U.K. music.
This week sees the release (in Europe, at least) of Robb’s “The North Will Rise Again: Manchester Music City 1978-2008,” a 400-page paperback that lets the key players — from The Smiths, New Order and Joy Division, Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, et al — tell Manchester’s musical story “in their own words.”
Robb includes the perspectives of a who’s who of Manchester’s legendary scene: Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Peter Hook, Mark E. Smith, Shaun Ryder, Ian Brown, Pete Shelley, Noel Gallagher — even Tony Wilson, before his death.
“I’ve spoken to just about everybody,” Robb told Manchester’s CityLife last week. “In fact, the biggest problem has been keeping it all down to a manageable size. The book is around 155,000 words long as it is and it could have been double that.
“It’s been quite a job. Ian Brown gave me 30,000 words to work with!”
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