Richard Boon

Richard Boon

It’s time that the tale was told…

Richard Boon is featuring in a forthcoming live, on stage in conversation with Dave Haslam at Gorilla, Manchester on Thursday 13 February 2014 (6.45pm for 7.30pm).

Richard Boon isn’t just an important eye-witness to Manchester’s music scene, but also a major player and an influential figure, with the inside story of one of the most glorious eras of Manchester music.

He was the Buzzcocks manager who founded New Hormones (the UK’s first punk / post-punk independent record label) and helped run the Beach Club (a precursor to the Hacienda, and where New Order played their first ever gig).

New Hormones was an inspiration to later labels like Factory Records, and released records by artists including Biting Tongues, Dislocation Dance, Ludus and Eric Random.  The New Hormones office at 50 Newton St was also the home of gig promoters Wise Moves and ‘City Fun’ fanzine. Morrissey was a regular there, or, as he puts it, “I was not an unfamiliar face on the stairs of the New Hormones offices as a limbless teenager.”

Richard Boon left Manchester in 1983 went on to work for Rough Trade Records, and became production manager there just as ‘This Charming Man’ was about to be released.

This is a free event, with an audience Q&A included. It’s a great opportunity to hear Richard Boon describing and discussing early Sex Pistols gigs; working with Malcolm McLaren, Buzzcocks, and Linder Sterling; and plotting and planning with Mark E Smith, Jon Savage and Morrissey.

Admission is free but spaces are limited. Please register for guest list places by emailing: [email protected] with ‘Richard Boon Event’ in the subject field.


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