Dave Haslam will interview the legendary Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks about his life, ideas, and music in the latest of the author and DJ’s ‘Close Up’ interviews at Gorilla in Manchester on Sunday the 10th of June 2018.
In what promises to be a very special event, the two will discuss all aspects of Pete Shelley’s iconic Buzzcocks and solo work and coincides with the launch of the Collected Lyrics Of Pete Shelley; a new book co-ordinated with Eyewear Publishing and long time collaborator Malcolm Garrett.
Buzzcocks are still performing and recording today, forty-two years after they were formed by Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto in Bolton in February 1976. The band, completed by the addition of Steve Diggle and John Maher, famously put on and opened for the Sex Pistols in Manchester and by the end of that year became one of the first groups to form their own independent record label to release the seminal ‘Spiral Scratch’ EP. After Devoto’s departure in ’77 they recruited bassist Steve Garvey and over the next three years released a trilogy of outstanding albums: ‘Another Music in a Different Kitchen’, ‘Love Bites’ and ‘A Different Kind of Tension’, as well as the hugely influential and popular ‘Singles Going Steady’ compilation in 1981.
Pete Shelley also released two ground breaking solo albums ‘Homosapien’ and ‘XL-1’ with producer Martin Rushent that are set to be repackaged and re-released as ‘The Genetic Years’ this Summer.
This is the latest of a series of onstage ‘Close Up’ interviews hosted by Dave Haslam. Previous guests have included John Lydon, Nile Rodgers, Will Self, and Neneh Cherry. Some of these encounters feature in his new book ‘Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor’.
‘Close Up’ featuring Pete Shelley is presented in association with Manchester Histories Festival.
Sunday 10th June 2018 (Doors at 6.30pm. Interview starts 7.30pm)
Pete Shelley will also be present for signings at the private view of the forthcoming Orgasm Addict Reframed exhibition with curator Malcolm Garrett at the Parkside Gallery in Birmingham City University on the 11th of June.