Northern Soul

Author: Desmond Bullen

Open Music Archive at Castlefield Gallery. Photos Jules Lister. (cc) by-sa 4.0. Courtesy of the artists.

Review: Open Music Archive, Eileen Simpson and Ben White, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

July 29, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Open Music Archive, Eileen Simpson and Ben White, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

It all changed with the gramophone.

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The Disappeared

Book Review: The Disappeared by Amy Lord

June 8, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: The Disappeared by Amy Lord

As the dominoes continue their haphazard topple in the wake of the EU Referendum, as a blowhard struts vaingloriously in the Oval Office, and as right-wing populism slithers out of its bunker and back into the daylight, it’s difficult to discount the disquieting suspicion that these are dystopian times.

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Charlie Bubbles

Film Review: Charlie Bubbles, HOME, Manchester

April 24, 2019 Comments Off on Film Review: Charlie Bubbles, HOME, Manchester

More than half a century after its partial release, it’s difficult to prise Charlie Bubbles apart from the cultural resonances that have aggregated limpet-like to its slender framework over the intervening decades.

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125-years-old and still going strong: Blackpool Grand Theatre

April 18, 2019 Comments Off on 125-years-old and still going strong: Blackpool Grand Theatre

Set back from the Golden Mile, whose sand-blasted buildings break the winds that sweep in from the Irish Sea with the fury of banshees, the Grand Theatre has weathered much in its 125 years.

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Frank Randle. Credit: Phil Williams.

Great Northerners: Frank Randle

April 13, 2019 Comments Off on Great Northerners: Frank Randle

In this series, we celebrate Great Northerners. For Northern Soul‘s Desmond Bullen, it’s comedian and actor Frank Randle. Who gets your vote?

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Book Review: Alan Turing’s Manchester by Jonathan Swinton

April 4, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Alan Turing’s Manchester by Jonathan Swinton

On the face of it, Manchester’s claims to Alan Turing are slender.

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Review: Joy for Ever, The Whitworth, Manchester

April 2, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Joy for Ever, The Whitworth, Manchester

It’s easy to have the last word when you’re arguing with a dead man. Or so you might think.

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Peach

Book Review: Peach by Wayne Barton

March 15, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Peach by Wayne Barton

Typically, Fanny Price is the least well-loved of Austen’s heroines.

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Review: International Women’s Day Event, Manchester Central Library

March 15, 2019 Comments Off on Review: International Women’s Day Event, Manchester Central Library

The clamour of the world scrolls incessantly, regurgitating received wisdoms about Brexit, Fleabag and Neverland.

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Theatre Review: Ladybones, The Kings Arms, Salford

February 3, 2019 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Ladybones, The Kings Arms, Salford

It ends with an ovation.

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