Formed by Howard Devoto in late 1977 and brought together some of the finest and most innovative musicians of the era in the core line-up of Devoto, John McGeoch, Barry Adamson, Dave Formula and John Doyle. Independent of prevailing popular styles, Magazine had its roots in punk but had a greater emphasis on lyrical content whilst combining elements of avant-garde pop, funk and rock. ‘This book sets Magazine in the context of the post-punk music and arts scene in Manchester in the late 1970s. It discusses the prevailing climate of the decentralisation of the music industry, growth of independent labels and the DIY attitude born of arrogance combined with a good record collection’ – Tony Wilson. With unique access to the band members past and present, and interviews with many other people including managers, record company executives, producers and contemporary musicians, Helen Chase presents a fascinating insights into one of the most important bands to emerge from the ashes of punk rock. Biographical details of individual band members, along with their influences, are discussed. The chronology of the band between 1977-1981 is charted and the dynamics and creative process at work are explored. The book also details the activities of key members since the band’s demise in 1981 and follows their subsequent reunion. The band’s iconic artwork is examined with contributions from artist Linder Sterling and designer Malcolm Garrett. Including lyrics by Howard Devoto and exclusive and unseen photographs taken by band members and friends it provides a valuable source of reference about the influential group.
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