5 Apr 2009
Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain 
First details have emerged of the new Kevin Cummins photography book out September 2009:

"In Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain, Kevin Cummins brings us THE definitive photographic history of Manchester music from the 1970s onwards. With accompanying essays from Kevin's former colleagues Paul Morley, Stuart Maconie and John Harris, and Gavin Martin's interviews with Johnny Marr, Peter Hook and Mark E Smith, the book is a remarkable record of a city which changed the course of popular culture.

"From the punk explosion of Buzzcocks and Slaughter and The Dogs, through The Smiths, Joy Division and the birth of Factory Records and the resulting Madchester years of The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays to the Britpop swagger of Oasis, Kevin Cummins was uniquely placed to witness the anarchic energy of the Manchester pop moment and capture the images which would define these bands and shape generations of teenagers and music fans.

"This is a fascinating portrait of a city and its individuals who, through sheer bloodymindedness, put Manchester onto the world stage, providing us with a soundtrack to our lives. Often humorous, at times touching, only Cummins' photographs are able to take us on this incredible journey over four decades. As Morrissey so memorably sang, 'Oh Manchester... so much to answer for.'"

- back cover blurb.


Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain
Kevin Cummins
Faber & Faber
30.00 GBP
September 2009

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