17 Mar 2007
Who Killed Martin Hannett? 
Colin Sharp's long-awaited book about Martin Hannett is now available for pre-order through Amazon and will be published on 25 May 2007.

From the synopsis: "Hannett shaped and delivered the sound that propelled the whole movement to prominence and still can be clearly heard in the records of Interpol, Snow Patrol, the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, the Kaiser Chiefs, Radiohead, Oasis. Yet, despite the extraordinary influence his production work and personality had on the seminal bands of the time little is really known about the complex man behind the myth."

Who Killed Martin Hannett: Into the Tortured Soul of Post-punk's Sonic Genius
Published by Aurum Press Ltd
Paperback (320pp)
ISBN: 978-1845131746

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

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