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Manchester Academy Memories


Victor Brox
Academy 2 (Main Debating Hall)
28th November 1972

Music Force was an important socialist music agency and collective set up by, amongst others, Victor Brox (renowned blues guitarist) and Bruce Mitchell (jazz drummer extraordinaire from Albertos, later Durutti Column and many more). It was set up partly as a response to the effects of the Corporation Act 1965, which had resulted in the closure of hundreds of beat clubs in Manchester, leading to a deficit of work for Manchester's once very busy musicians. Music Force provided everything you might require to put a concert on: musicians, PA and equipment hire, flyposting, the full works. They worked closely with The Squat venue and were an important force and influence within the Manchester punk and post-punk scenes.

Bruce Mitchell still runs a successful music equipment high business: Manchester Light & Stage Company.

Taken from the Manchester Independent Newspaper, written and edited by University of Manchester students. With thanks to James Peters at the University of Manchester Archives and Ben Ward at The University of Manchester Students' Union.

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“Hi, would it be possible to use this feature as part of my research for my book concerning why Manchester embraced the punk movement very early on it's development? Obviously full credits will be given. Thanks, Gareth”
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