Northern Soul

Author: Desmond Bullen

Photographs Smiths Salford Lads Club, Steve Wright

Review: The Smiths 1984–1986, Stephen Wright, Central Library, Manchester

June 18, 2018 No Comments

Like the contents of a can of pop, pent-up and shaken, The Smiths fizzed dramatically if briefly, upending the charts for fewer than five years, before going flat in misunderstanding and acrimony.

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L7, HOME

Review: L7: Pretend We’re Dead, Doc’n Roll Film Fest, HOME, Manchester

May 31, 2018 Comments Off on Review: L7: Pretend We’re Dead, Doc’n Roll Film Fest, HOME, Manchester

In recent years, the music documentary seems to have come into its own, germinating out between the paving stone formula of talking head hindsight and nostalgia, proliferating like weeds of unexpected empathy and wasteland beauty.

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Hikikomori, The Lowry

Review: Hikikomori – The Shelter, The Lowry, Salford

May 21, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Hikikomori – The Shelter, The Lowry, Salford

In the blink of an eye, The Lowry has come of age and, as part of its 18th birthday celebrations, the Week 53 festival has decked itself out in thematically apt bunting.

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Utopia Memoriam

Review: Utopia, Pilot Light TV Festival, Manchester

May 9, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Utopia, Pilot Light TV Festival, Manchester

Now in its third year, Pilot Light TV Festival continues to offer discerning diversions to those whose passion for the potential of the medium remains devout.

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Let's Eat Grandma_03_photo credit Charlotte Patmore hi-res copy

Music Review: Let’s Eat Grandma, The Deaf Institute, Manchester

April 12, 2018 Comments Off on Music Review: Let’s Eat Grandma, The Deaf Institute, Manchester

Let’s Eat Grandma aren’t giving anything away.

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Roy Voss, Over (2017) Framed collage. Courtesy the artist and Matt's Gallery, London

Review: All The World’s A Sunny Day, Roy Voss, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

April 7, 2018 Comments Off on Review: All The World’s A Sunny Day, Roy Voss, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

Snapchat impressions decay by design, delivering instant non-gratification in real time (as though there could be any other sort).

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Belle & Sebastian @ Govanhill Baths -Gaelle Beri-42

Review: Belle & Sebastian, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

March 14, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Belle & Sebastian, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

The joy of pop can be as brief as its three-letter onomatopoeia, the giddy thrill of its first kisses paling with familiarity.

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Great Northerners: Les Dawson

January 29, 2018 Comments Off on Great Northerners: Les Dawson

In a new series, we celebrate Great Northerners. For Northern Soul‘s Desmond Bullen, it’s Les Dawson. Who gets your vote?

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Anthony Burgess Foundation

Review: The Mechanics’ Institute Review, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

January 16, 2018 Comments Off on Review: The Mechanics’ Institute Review, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

It’s a bit like Top Of The Pops.

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