Manchester Unspun: Pop, Property and Power in the Original Modern City: How a City Got High on Music

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Manchester Unspun: Pop, Property and Power in the Original Modern City: How a City Got High on Music

Manchester Unspun: Pop, Property and Power in the Original Modern City: How a City Got High on Music

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Andy promoted the new, dynamic post-industrial Manchester after setting up as a publicist in 1998, working with Factory Records legends Tony Wilson, Peter Hook and Peter Saville and public figures including Sir Alex Ferguson and Pep Guardiola.

There's so much in this book to savour, that I can honestly see scholars of history and architecture studying it in decades to come. Sources used include the gamut of genres ranging from factual to fictive, from inquisitional records and different sorts of treatises to plays, novels and (auto)biographies, in numerous languages of the Mediterranean. As an ex-reporter turned PR, the author lays out the story in an accessible, informative and entertaining manner - no mean feat given this is a weighty, in-depth historical account, yet it’s never dry.He became entranced by the possibilities of Smithfield Buildings, an entire city block further up Oldham Street, and its potential for characterful apartments.

He then found himself occupying a front-row seat for the epic regeneration story that played out over the next four decades. Arriving in Manchester as a wide-eyed student in 1979, Andy Spinoza went on to establish the arts magazine City Life before working for the Manchester Evening News and creating his own PR firm. Coolly analytical, exceptionally well-informed and hugely entertaining, Manchester Unspun does justice to it. This book explores how Muslims, Christians and Jews interacted in frontier zones of the early modern Mediterranean (primarily 1530–1670), and how they developed a frontier consciousness that took into account how their interlocutors thought and acted. The Muslim-Christian divide in the Mediterranean produced an unusual kind of slavery, fostered a surge in conversion to Islam, offered an ideal setting for Catholic martyrdom in its rivalry with Protestantism, and provided a haven of sorts for Spanish Muslims (Moriscos) as well as Jews.Here anthropologists and historians explore cases of rule-oriented ethics and their dynamics across a wide range of historical and contemporary moral traditions.

Ethical systems characterised by detailed rules – Islamic sharia and Christian casuistry are notable examples – have often been dismissed as empty formalism or as the instrument of social control. His remarkable account traces Manchester’s gradual emergence from its post-industrial malaise, centring on the legendary nightclub the Ha�ienda and the cultural renaissance it inspired. He was launching his book the Reluctant Engineer and other Manchester Stories but talked slightly too freely, managing to upset the city’s leadership.Andy will be in conversation with Stuart Maconie at Waterstone’s Deansgate on November 10, tickets available here. He would leave the practice not long after, and his fellow directors, Stephen O’Malley, Julian Broster and Paul Morris rebranded as Civic Engineers. He is someone who not only had a seat at the table throughout most of the events he recounts, but was responsible for writing the press release. I bought this for a Mancunian music-mad friend of the right age to appreciate this, and it's had glowing reviews here.

Together, these case studies and the theoretical framework proposed in the book’s Introduction offer a more nuanced, cross-cultural appreciation of the role of rules in moral life than those currently prevalent in both the anthropology of ethics and the history of morality. That journey of evolution is enmeshed with tales of the movers and shakers, who all helped shape this wonderful city. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here. There were pockets of vibrant cultural scenes starting to emerge; my good friend Tony Wilson’s infamous assault on the music scene and the renowned Haçienda nightclub started a cultural appreciation that permeated everyday life … we hoped we could bring the physical architecture to match a new cultural scene.Andy Spinoza's book is readable and informative account of the changes that Manchester has undergone over the last forty years. Spinoza, a latter day Mancunian Pepys, has obviously relied upon a considerable amount of personal notes, contacts, memories and archive materials in putting this impressive account together but that’s what makes it such an engaging and essential read. Bloxham moved swiftly when the opportunity came, with the entrepreneur’s killer feel for change in the air, despite all appearances: ‘When we bought the Smithfield Building the main tenant was bust,’ he said. His remarkable account traces Manchester's gradual emergence from its post-industrial malaise, centring on the legendary nightclub the Hacienda and the cultural renaissance it inspired. Part of the motive for writing Manchester Unspun appears to be sheer astonishment at the scale of the transformation.

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