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The teenage Paul Morley's head is turned when glam rock hits Manchester. From May 2013.

Paul Morley grew up in Reddish, less than five miles from Manchester and even closer to Stockport. Ever since the age of seven, old enough to form an identity but too young to be aware that 'southern' was a category, Morley has always thought of himself as a northerner. What that meant, he wasn't entirely sure. It was for him, as it is for millions of others in England, an absolute, indisputable truth.

Forty years after walking down grey pavements on his way to school, Morley explores what it means to be northern.

Today: the teenage Morley's head is turned when glam rock hits Manchester.

Paul Morley is an acclaimed music journalist, writer, presenter and music producer. He made his name writing for the NME between 1977 and 1983, and has gone on to publish several books about music.
Reader: Paul Morley, with additional readings from Paul Hilton
Abridger: Viv Beeby
Producer: Justine Willett.

15 minutes

Music used in this episode

The Smiths ‘The Headmaster Ritual’

Victoria Wood ‘The Ballad of Barry and Freda’

The Smiths ‘How Soon is Now?’

T. Rex ‘Hot Love’

David Bowie ‘Ziggy Stardust’

The Fall ‘Victoria’

Sex Pistols ‘God Save the Queen’


Role Contributor
Author Paul Morley
Abridger Viv Beeby
Producer Justine Willett
Reader Paul Morley
Reader Paul Hilton


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