and the surrounding districts and townships have produced many
popular and world famous bands, musicians and singers of popular
music throughout the 20th and well into the 21st Century.
Since the earliest days of music recording, such celebrities
as George Formby and Gracie Fields entertained radio and cinema
audiences with their songs which were designed specifically
for light entertainment audiences. Though their music was somewhat
naive by contemporary standards, their comedic musical talents
and catchy lyrics inspired a whole generation. In the post-war
era, and with the importation of Rock & Roll music from America,
Manchester has produced its fair share of rock music groups
– amongst them Barclay James Harvest, 10CC, Herman’s Hermits,
The Hollies, and Freddie & The Dreamers.
By the mid-1970s, at the height of the Punk Revolution, and
later in the post-Punk era of the 1980s, much of popular youth
music culture was inspired by the young bands and groups which
came from Manchester. This so-called “Madchester”
music was different from what had gone before. It was direct,
raw, and streetwise. It spoke of familiar, everyday, and often
banal themes, which reflected the modes of ordinary urban existence.
of this “post-punk” music was considered subversive and brutal,
and (initially at least) tended to be rejected by the major
recording companies and broadcasting authorities. This
music thrived in the alternative clubland (Boardwalk, Ha�ienda,
etc) of Manchester, could only get published by smaller independent
record labels, and was therefore more in the hands of its creators
than its marketers.
below represents the major music to come out of Manchester and
its surrounding boroughs.