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Manchester Pop Culture

Manchester is as famous for its tunes as the industrial revolution and it would admittedly be shameful to leave without lending an ear to the likes of Joy Division, New Order, the Happy Mondays or The Stone Roses on their home turf. Of course, none of these groups play live anymore, but plenty of pubs and bars spin their old LPs. Also on the must-listen list is anything by Oasis, Black Grape and, for a bit of 90s boy-band pleasure, Take That. The city’s most famous literary exports include Anthony Burgess ("A Clockwork Orange"), Frances Hodgeson Burnett ("The Secret Garden"), Jeanette Winterson ("Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit") Tim Parks ("Europa") and Thomas de Quincey ("Confessions Of An English Opium-Eater"). And, if you want to get under the skin of the Madchester era through film, start with "East is East" and "24-Hour Party People." But don’t miss "Velvet Goldmine" or "Alfie," either.