Women, Children; and Loitering Men by Shirley Baker at Manchester Art Gallery

This is reposted from last year, as the exhibition has just won Best Art Exhibition at Manchester CityLife Awards. The ceremony was hosted at The Deaf Institute. From 19th May, Manchester Art Gallery will show the exhibition Women, Children; and Loitering Men, photographs by Shirley Baker taken primarily in the 1960s. Of Baker’s prolific output, these photographs…

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Do you own the dance floor? This Hacienda fan does

One Hacienda devotee and DJ loved the Hacienda so much that he bought the flat where the famous Manchester club’s DJ booth was. The film Do You Own the Dancefloor has been on release since June 2015. It’s an affectionate, sometimes hilarious, and decidedly good-natured account of the sell-off of fixtures and fittings from The Haçienda, Manchester’s…

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The Photographers’ Gallery, images of Manchester by Shirley Baker

Shirley Baker is only now being recognised as one of the most important female photographers and social documenters of the last century. The haunting and compelling 2007 documentary of Joy Division, directed by Grant Gee, opens with a montage of images of Manchester in the 70s. It depicts a time of sweeping changes after the post-war streets were systematically cleared…

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Review: Crosby, Stills and Nash play Manchester Arena 2013

There’s a feeling of warmth and unmistakable pride here in Manchester as we await Crosby, Stills and Nash to make their entrance. For Graham Nash, it’s his homecoming gig – the Blackpool-born, Salford-raised kid who helped create hippy history. Carry On is the opener, and it’s those distinctive, urgent vocals of Steve Stills, rising and breaking…

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