Abigail
Queer Noise
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Curated by: Abigail Ward.

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Curated by: Abigail Ward.

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Thanks to: g7uk.com, Archives+, Kath McDermott, Ian Bushell, Claire Solanki, Al Baker, Rachel Adams, Philippa Jarman, Ste McCabe, Rod Connolly, Owain Richards

Introduction by: Jon Savage

Welcome to the Queer Noise exhibition: an online project that explores the hidden history of Manchester’s LGBT music culture and club life. The key word here is hidden. Despite the fact that there have now been dozens of books written about Manchester music and pop culture - from Factory to Madchester in particular - LGBT people are rarely given space in the city’s ‘official’ histories.

Believing that this is a severe omission, Abigail Ward decided to set up an online project that would invite LGBT people from across the generations to share their memories, pictures, artefacts and stories – with the aim of constructing a fuller history of the city’s oft-forgotten gay scenes and their wider influence upon British pop culture.

The memories go back to the nineteen-fifties, when pubs such as The Union Hotel (now the New Union), The Cafe Royal and The Prince’s Hotel provided safe spaces for gay clientele. Then there’s the early 80s peak where, despite the attentions of police Chief Constable James Anderton, venues like Hero’s, High Society and Napoleon’s flourished.

Manchester’s gay scene exploded in 1991 with the success of Paul Cons’ Flesh at the Hacienda (again an alternative story to the laddish ‘Madchester’ groups who dominate the histories of that club). The story is well covered from that point on, although there are many debates about the commercialisation of Canal Street and the dilution of the gay subculture.

But there are still many gaps and we’d like your help. If you own artefacts that you think should be included in this exhibition, please upload them to the main Manchester District Music Archive website, or email them to info@mdmarchive.co.uk. Every contribution will be properly credited.

With your support, we hope to construct a proper people’s history and to reclaim Manchester’s vibrant LGBT music and club culture from the shadows.
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THE REMBRANDT
PHOTOGRAPH, 1962

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THE THOMPSON ARMS
PHOTOGRAPH, 1973

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JOYCE EDWARDS
THE GASLIGHT CLUB
PHOTOGRAPH, 1973

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NAPOLEONS
PHOTOGRAPH, 1973

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NEW UNION HOTEL
PHOTOGRAPH, 1973

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FRANK LAMMAR
RECORD / CD, 1975

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FRANK LAMMAR
FOO FOO'S PALACE
RECORD / CD, 1976

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BUZZCOCKS
POSTER, 1976

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BUZZCOCKS, THE DRONES, THE WORST, PETE SHELLEY
THE ELECTRIC CIRCUS
VIDEO, 1977

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BUZZCOCKS, PETE SHELLEY
FANZINE, 1978

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BUZZCOCKS, SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS, PETE SHELLEY
LESSER FREE TRADE HALL
PHOTOGRAPH, 1978

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BUZZCOCKS
PRESS ARTICLE, 1979

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A CERTAIN RATIO, THE DURUTTI COLUMN, ERIC RANDOM, LUDUS, JON SAVAGE, CHRIS SIEVEY
BEACH CLUB AT OOZIT'S
FLYER, 1980

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JON SAVAGE
PHOTOGRAPH, 1980

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CATH CARROLL, LIZ NAYLOR
9 LUCY STREET, TRAFFORD
FANZINE, 1982

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LUDUS
THE HACIENDA
ADVERT, 1982

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LUDUS
THE HACIENDA
PHOTOGRAPH, 1982

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THE SMITHS
VIDEO, 1983

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FRANK LAMMAR
FOO FOO'S PALACE
PROGRAMME, 1983

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FRANK LAMMAR
FOO FOO'S PALACE
PHOTOGRAPH, 1983

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THE SMITHS
POSTER, 1983

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GAY ANIMALS
THE THOMPSON ARMS
PHOTOGRAPH, 1983

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LEGEND
PRESS ARTICLE, 1984

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THE SMITHS
POSTER, 1984

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