10 Aug 2009
City of Manchester 
Manchester: Looking For The Light Through The Pouring Rain, the new book by Kevin Cummins will be published by Faber and Faber on 17 September 2009, priced 30 GBP in hardback.

Billed as the definitive photographic history of Manchester pop from 1976 to today, the book features some of the most iconic music photographs of all time including Joy Division, The Fall, Buzzcocks, New Order, The Smiths, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and Oasis.

The photographs are accompanied by four texts from Paul Morley, Stuart Maconie, Gavin Martin and John Harris.

There's also a lot going on besides the book...

An exhibition to accompany the book opens on 4 September 2009 at the Richard Goodall Gallery in Manchester. Advance copies of the book will be available at the gallery. It also hoped that there will be an event with Kevin Cummins at the gallery during the run of the show.

Kevin is also doing a signing at the Buy Art Fair at Urbis in conjunction with The Paul Stolper Gallery on 25 September 2009. There should also be some signing sessions at selected Waterstone's book stores around the country.

Furthermore, The Polite Company is producing a boxed set of cards to accompany the book and the show. These will be available on their website and from the Richard Goodall Gallery, Paul Stolper Gallery, Saatchi Gallery and hopefully Urbis and various gallery stores nationwide.

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