Chris and Anthony Donnelly are two likely lads from Wythenshawe, Manchester. Growing up to a backdrop of crime, allegedly part of the the notorious Quality Street Gang, these entrepreneurs became leading figures in the birth of Manchester’s Acid House scene, initiating illegal raves and forging bonds and networks across music from the Hacienda to the launch of their own short-lived crime-ridden Parliament Club, at the peak of The Gunchester headlines when Guns and gangs took hold in Manchester. After heading out of music they entered the world of fashion, launching Gio-Goi. Using a mixture of guerrilla marketing, incorporating their music friends and street buddies, they became a necessity of fashionistas. The brand ultimately became corporate turning over £40 million a year at its height. This tale, interview-style, arranged by Stone Roses biographer, Simon Spence, is a true journey of life’s ups and downs, for a most colourful family. From drug busts, media headlines and jail sentences to filming videos with Pete Doherty and Deadmau5. I especially enjoyed the reminiscences of Old Skool Hacienda DJs, Mike Pickering, Jon Dasilva and Graeme Park. This book has it all. I’m sure that no party is complete without the Donnelly brothers influencing it in some way.
I am a massive fan of Joy Division and feel that the band’s greatness has always been tainted by lead singer, Ian Curtis’ early death. He was a modern day British Jim Morrison, a trapped poet, muse to millions. This book, a heartfelt examination of the real man by his loving wife, serves as a poignant celebration of Ian Curtis. The biography is intimate in its detail and we are not just scratching the surface here but getting a true glimpse of what made this dark poet tick. His early fascination with a young death and suicide provide a recurring theme. From poverty through to a point where huge success was imminent and all their material worries would be over, Ian Curtis killed himself at the cusp of true legend status for his band. He has a mixed relationship with his wife, ultimately forcing her to endure a rock n roll affair through his Belgian mistress. He was truly torn and love ultimately did tear him apart. I found the struggle with epilepsy to be the underlying factor that drove Ian Curtis to death. It must have been horrific to live with such a chronic condition and yet he still rarely missed a live performance and maybe the forthcoming trip to America was just one jettison too far? This book is thoroughly readable, a true page-turner. I feel, having read it, closer to Ian Curtis and indeed one of my most favourite bands.
Listen to Wez G – Park It In The Club With No Name byWez G on hearthis.at Well, Dion, Here is your nineties house. Classics are hard to define. bearing in mind my age means that I missed the really early stuff, I tried to include on this mix lots of stuff from when the Haçienda was still open and also in the fairly vocal style of Graeme Park. I’ll let rip with any other special requests, so listeners please give feedback. Please excuse the record jumps on the mix as some of the tunes are quite old. i didn’t think the skips harmed the set that much so I uploaded it anyway… Enough banter. At least I’m not droning on about shamanic rubbish (see the other podcast blurbs!!! on http://djwezg.com ). I’ll let the music do the talking. Enjoy and shuffle those feet! :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. King Bee – Back by Dope Demand (12″ Straight Up Mix) [Big One Records] 2. Kariya – Let Me Love You For Tonight (House Club Original) [Ripe Recordings] 3. Kristine W – Feel What You Want (Our Tribe Vocal Mix) [Champion Records] 4. SAS – Amber Groove (Original Mix) [Distinct’ive] 5. Dee Patten – Who’s The Bad Man (Sound System Mix) [Hard Hands] 6. Chrissy Ward – Right & Exact (Stonebridge Mix) [Ore] 7. Volcano – Let Your Body Be Free [Deconstruction] 8. Commission (feat Janet Lewinson) – One Man [Cleveland City] 9. A Separate Reality feat. Lyn Gerald – Let No Man Put Asunder (It’s Not Over) [Hard Discs] 10. Barry White – Love Is The Icon (Roger’s Midnite Luv Mix) [AM:PM] 11. C & C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) The Slammin’ Vocal Club Mix [Columbia] 12. Nomad – Just A Groove (DJ’s Rule The Mix Part 1) [Rumour Records] 13. M People – Renaissance (Macsilva Mix) [Deconstruction] 14. M People – One Night In Heaven (David Morales Elegantly American Club Mix) [Deconstruction] 15. Tocayo – Live In Peace (Guitar mix) [Limbo] 16. Screen II – Mr DJ (Dasilva/McCreary Mix) [Cleveland City] 17. A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray (Original Mix) [Juice Box Records] Wez G – Park It In The Club With No Name by Wezg on Mixcloud