A photographic celebration of Manchester’s rock music history called ‘There is a Light That Never Goes Out’ is on now at Central Library. This exhibition aims to show the musical heritage, influence, and continuing importance of the city’s music scene. It is presented by Rockarchive.com, which curated last year’s well-received Oasis DNA exhibit. Working with writer Jon Savage and the Manchester Digital Music Archive, over 90 photographs were collected which chart the rise of punk, Factory Records, The Hacienda, and beyond. It presents work by some of the UK’s most talented music photographers, including locals Kevin Cummins and Pennie Smith, known for their iconic captures of The Stone Roses. Other contributors include Jill Furmanovsky, Paul Slattery, and Peter Walsh. One section charts the city’s current music scene, and another is devoted to the musical outpourings that helped people express their grief and defiance after the Arena attack.

Until Fri 22 Feb 2019, Exhibition Hall, First Floor, Manchester Central Library, St. Peter’s Square, Manchester, M2 5PD, Tel: 0161 234 1983, 9am – 8pm, FREE, www.rockarchive.com

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Mon 22 Oct - Fri 22 Feb
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Wed 14 Feb 2018