Manchester, England

Ex-Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam’s critically acclaimed first book is an inspiring, authoritative, highly readable work of cultural history, with Manchester’s place as the world’s first industrial city – featuring mad tales of hedonism and political uprisings in the Victorian age – through to its pop music traditions – from jazz, through Northern Soul to Joy Division, the Smiths, Madchester, and Badly Drawn Boy – all wrapped up in countless tales from musicians, gangsters, poets and artists.

‘Sunday Times’ pop music book of the year.

“The definitive guide to modern Manchester” – the Big Issue.