Colin’s book is essential reading for those wishing to understand a fleeting yet monumental moment in the history of Manchester music and culture.
Colin Gibbins Author of this work was an ordinary Manchester kid born into an extraordinary time in the city's history. As the musical revolutions of punk and later Acid House swept Manchester first in 1976 and later 1988 local kids soaked it all up. Too young for the punk explosion, Colin and his mates made sure they didn't miss Manchester's leading role in the last great youth movement of the 20th Century as House music flooded the clubs of the city and transformed a hitherto grey post-industrial northern outpost into the centre of the cultural universe.
Yes, the city had the Hacienda and Factory Records but it also had the down to earth Thunderdome club and bands formed from working class lads such as Happy Mondays and Northside and The Stockholm Monsters. Then there were the notorious Blackburn warehouse parties that saw locals regularly outwit the local police. In 'Manchester Music and M9 Kidz' Colin charts his childhood and adolescence with affection and explains his later obsession with all things Factory Records as he set out on a quest to complete the collection of every last piece of music the record label published, a task he finally completed 29 years to the day after the label closed on 24th November 2011.
Since then, Colin has exhibited his collection in a world’s first ever exhibition at The Ducie Bridge in city Centre Manchester and released Factvm in 2012 a catalogue which ran in conjunction with his 2nd exhibition at The Ice Plant in May 2012 to raise money for charity and a donation from this his latest book will go to 'Forever Manchester' charity in keeping with this ethos.
In the 80’s they came to Manchester for the vibe and now the City is telling us to turn that music down.
A excerpt from Colin’s book. The Happy Mondays and band's like Northside reflected a new working class strand to the label’s output in the late 80's.
I had been following these band's in the Monday's case for almost five years. I had been too young to go and see Joy Division at gigs. I had seen New Order many times in Manchester and London but since the day Phil Saxe introduced us to the Mondays as there manager back in 85 and he gave us there first ever demo tape, Fitzy and I had bought all their issued catalogue to date, so it was reasonable to assume they were our band
from our time.
We attended the university gig at the Solent bar when Horse Man (Derek Ryder) allowed us to stand stage right cos he had seen us at a gigs prior and knew our faces, Derek did a spot before the lads came on as he did from time to time. We watched Horse Man through his warm up then the lads played and as always we were dancing along to the tracks. The sound wasn’t that clever but we were stood directly in front of some speakers as I said stage right. After the gig Chris Goodwin escorted us through the doors to the right and down some stairs where we met Mini one of the back line crew for the first time.