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Music Capital

Introduction

For pop music contribution there is simply no other city in the UK which compares with Manchester. Here's a list of some of the top acts over the last forty years: Dickie Valentine, The Hollies, Herman's Hermits, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Freddie and the Dreamers, The BeeGees, 10CC, Sad Cafe, Elkie Brooks, The Buzzcocks, Joy Division/New Order, The Fall, The Smiths, James, Simply Red, The Stone Roses, The Inspiral Carpets, A Guy called Gerald, Happy Mondays/Black Grape, Take That, M-People, Oasis, N-Trance, Kavana and Cleopatra. Lisa Stansfield and Verve are from Greater Manchester. This is an astonishing opus.

But why has this city, and to a lesser extent Liverpool, been so productive, when other similar northern centres such as Leeds have scarcely caused a ripple on the unpredictable seas of the Charts?

The chapters below describe the city's pop music history and attempt to answer this question. Much of the material for chapter one comes from a lecture given by Manchester band veteran and teacher of Cultural Studies at the University of Salford, C.P. Lee.

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