Northern Soul

Author: Andy Murray

Excavate!

Book Review: Excavate! The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall

April 1, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: Excavate! The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall

In the preface to this new Faber compendium of essays about The Fall, co-editors Tessa Norton and Bob Stanley declare that ‘this book is not about a rock band’. They say: ‘This is not even about Mark E Smith. The book is for Mark E Smith more than it is about him.”

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It's a Sin

TV Review: It’s a Sin

February 19, 2021 Comments Off on TV Review: It’s a Sin

Steven Moffat once joked that the philosophy of his fellow TV scriptwriter Russell T Davies was to “create interesting characters – and melt them”.

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Cafe Exil

“It was pure, undiluted pleasure.” HOME’s Jason Wood and Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley chat to Northern Soul about Café Exil

December 10, 2020 Comments Off on “It was pure, undiluted pleasure.” HOME’s Jason Wood and Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley chat to Northern Soul about Café Exil

By day, Jason Wood is the creative director for film & culture at HOME in Manchester and his friend Bob Stanley is one-third of beloved British pop band Saint Etienne.

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David Nolan

“Come for the machetes, stay for the political insights.” Author David Nolan talks to Northern Soul about his new book

November 26, 2020 Comments Off on “Come for the machetes, stay for the political insights.” Author David Nolan talks to Northern Soul about his new book

When David Nolan wrote his debut novel Black Moss two years ago, it was almost as an experiment, an unpremeditated tangent to his successful career as a journalist, documentary maker and non-fiction author.

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John Cooper Clarke (c) Paul Wolfgang Webster(1)

“Your worst enemy in this game is indifference.” John Cooper Clarke talks about his autobiography, I Wanna Be Yours

October 19, 2020 Comments Off on “Your worst enemy in this game is indifference.” John Cooper Clarke talks about his autobiography, I Wanna Be Yours

When Northern Soul speaks to John Cooper Clarke about his new autobiography and sings its praises to the skies, he’s right in the middle of recording the audiobook version and seems to appreciate the plaudits.

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The principles of puppet making

“The animation industry wouldn’t be where it is today without Manchester.” Director of Manchester Animation Festival, Steve Henderson

October 19, 2020 Comments Off on “The animation industry wouldn’t be where it is today without Manchester.” Director of Manchester Animation Festival, Steve Henderson

There’s often a risk that the world of animation can be undervalued, pigeon-holed as the preserve of children’s films and not much more.

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Best Before Death

Film Review: Best Before Death

September 28, 2020 Comments Off on Film Review: Best Before Death

At a time when certain noted indie chart figures have proved to be a let-down, Bill Drummond is looking more and more like a proper hero.

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CP Lee

A tribute to CP Lee

July 27, 2020 Comments Off on A tribute to CP Lee

Christopher Paul ‘CP’ Lee, who has died aged 70, was a man whose whole life was driven by enthusiasm.

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Ren Harvieu

Revel in the Drama: Ren Harvieu chats to Northern Soul

April 10, 2020 Comments Off on Revel in the Drama: Ren Harvieu chats to Northern Soul

Releasing that difficult second album is always a big moment for any artist. For Ren Harvieu, though, it holds a special significance.

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DVD case, image by Emma Yates-Badley

Films: Northern Soul’s Comfort Viewing (Part Two)

April 2, 2020 Comments Off on Films: Northern Soul’s Comfort Viewing (Part Two)

With us all cooped up inside for the foreseeable future, there’s not a great deal to do except sit tight and watch stuff. But it might as well be good stuff.

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