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Urbis Manchester Punk: Fanzines R US

Showcasing at the Sex, Seditionaries and the Sex Pistols exhibition at the Urbis, Manchester is Fanzines R US. Thursday 18 August, 6.30 – 8pm.

A pair of people have the chance to join Bob Dickinson, writer and broadcaster at the BBC, and Liz Naylor, co-editor of City Fun, in a look at the history of the fanzine.


Q. Which Manchester punk band released the first independent single?

A. Buzzcocks - Spiral Scratch on New Hormones


The lucky winner is Richie MDM

in Manchester is pleased to announce that, due to popular demand current exhibition PUNK: Sex, Seditionaries and the Sex Pistols will run until 11 September.

Contrary to Johnny Rotten’s ‘No Future’ philosophy, Punk is clearly alive and well today - with rumours of the Sex Pistols reforming for Live8 rife in the press, the recently released DVD ‘The Great Rock and Roll Swindle’ becoming a chart hit, it’s no surprise that the Punk exhibition at Urbis has been such a success that we’ve extended its run!

In addition to the exhibition, Urbis has a series of events coming up for people to learn more about how Punk created such an impact in its day and still remains a phenomenal cultural force.

Our Events Programme kicks off with a rare opportunity to hear from two people who played a key role in raising the profile of Punk and its influence in the Manchester music scene:


In Conversation with Paul Morley and Anthony Wilson, Wednesday 20 July, 6.30 - 8.30pm, tickets priced £10.00/£8.00
Hear celebrated writer, broadcaster and musician Paul Morley in conversation with Tony Wilson, the legendary TV journalist and music entrepreneur. They will be focusing on the Manchester punk scene’s DIY aesthetic, reminiscing about regular haunts, recalling unfortunate fashion statements and debating the impact the Sex Pistol’s gigs had on a huge array of Manchester bands, from the 70s to present day.
The discussion promises to offer a distinctly acerbic, firsthand perspective on one of the most important periods in Manchester’s cultural history, and will conclude with an in-depth question and answer session.

Other upcoming Punk events include

An evening with Buzzcocks’ Howard Devoto and Pete Shelley featuring Richard Boon
Led by John Robb
Friday 12 August, 8 – 10.00pm
£ 14.50/£12.50
A unique opportunity to join a conversation between this trio of mavericks from the legendary Punk band Buzzcocks.

Fanzines R US
Thursday 18 August, 6.30 – 8pm
£ 5.00/£3.00
Join Bob Dickinson, writer and broadcaster at the BBC, and Liz Naylor, co-editor of City Fun, in a look at the history of the fanzine.

Hugh Cornwell
‘ A Multitude of Sins’ Acoustic Performance and Readings from his Autobiography
Friday 2nd September, 8 – 10.00pm
£ 13.50/£11.50

Legendary former Stranglers front-man Hugh Cornwell comes to Urbis with his superb performance of acoustic songs and readings from his critically acclaimed autobiography, A Multitude of Sins.

Tickets for all events can be purchased by calling our hotline on 0161 605 8264 or by visiting the Punk exhibition ticket desk in Urbis. Visit www.urbis.org.uk for more details.
Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG.
Tel: 0161 605 8200

Opening Times
Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm.
Closed Mondays except for Bank Holidays (Mon 30 May)
All Tickets: £3 (Last admission to exhibition 4.30pm).
Entry to Urbis Levels 2 – 4 is free of charge.