21 Sep 2009
Kevin Cummins Competition 
Win Manchester: Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain plus a set of posters.

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Cerysmatic Factory in association with those nice people at Faber book publishers is offering you a chance to win a copy of Kevin Cummins's new book Manchester: Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain together with a set of limited edition posters featuring Morrissey, Ian Curtis, New Order and Oasis.

The posters are 500 x 700mm, printed with black and silver ink, and designed by Wallzo who also designed the book.

We are much obliged to Kevin Cummins who has kindly set the competition questions:

1. One of the following was the manager of The Drones for a short while. Who?

a. Richard Boon
b. Paul Morley
c. Kevin Cummins

2. Why is the predominant colour in Manchester: Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain, light blue?

3. Kevin Cummins shot almost 200 NME covers. Who did he photograph for his first one?

Answers please by email [to "info" at "the domain name of this site"] with the subject "Kevin Cummins Competition". The closing date for entries is 22:00 BST on 30 September 2009. The winner will be notified by email.

Thanks and good luck.

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