Persian Interview Part 1
Interviewer: Yvonne McCalla
With kind permission of Commonword in collaboration with MDMArchive
Photo taken at The Reno in the seventies.
Perhaps the most well-known of all the Moss Side DJs, Persian started playing The Reno in 1968. At the time, reggae alone was the music of choice in the area. Here Persian talks about how he gradually opened up the Reno crowd to soul sounds such as Al Green, Wilson Pickett and the Four Tops - seven inches all brought over from the States by a merchant seaman friend.
Persian also talks about St. David's Hall on Daisybank Road, the first dance he went to as a teenager, and how police raids made it difficult for West Indian club culture to take hold in sixties Manchester.
Artefact added : 15th February 2014