23 Mar 2005
Shaun Ryder's legal battle reaches resolution 
From BBC 6Music:

"Shaun Ryder has resolved the legal action that meant his finances were frozen for six years. He's reached a settlement with Black Grape's former management team, and is now free to keep his earnings, once he's paid back his debt to them.

Last year, viewers of the BBC3 documentary Shaun Ryder Comes Clean saw the Happy Mondays frontman struggling to go straight and fighting to get his finances in order. At one point in the court case, Lord Justice Thorpe observed that Ryder "said he was freaked out by paperwork and that it 'did his nut in'"."

Read the full story here.

Congratulations to Shaun. Will this mean new recordings are in the offing?

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Thanks to AJ.

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