22 Aug 2007
Confusion at Broughton Library 
Visitors to Broughton Library can look forward to a rare insight into the life of one of the music industry's greatest icons. On Tuesday 28 August at 11am writer, David Nolan, will read extracts from his new book, Confusion, about the life of New Order frontman, Bernard Sumner.

Confusion is the story of Bernard Sumner's life, from the back streets of Salford to international acclaim during his time in globally successful bands, Joy Division, Electronic and New Order.

Nolan, a multi-award winning journalist, documentary maker and TV producer was also the man behind 'I Swear I Was There', the book documenting the Sex Pistol's famous first gig in Manchester, 1976.

The reading will offer music fans a unique opportunity to dip into the powerful story of Sumner's life and his role in revolutionising the music industry.

Visitors to the library can also get their hands on a range of new music literature, as David will be bringing a selection of works to donate to the library based on other great artists from the music industry.

Commenting on his appearance at Broughton Library, David said: "The first chapters of Confusion revolve around Sumner's life in Broughton so I thought it would be fitting to bring the story back to the local community.

"The city's music history is a great way of not only connecting with people who were part of that scene, but with young people growing up in Salford who should feel really proud of the legacy and how it can inspire them to carry on making great music."

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