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Woman: Breaking The Rules is a project celebrating women in Greater Manchester music. The project, which comprises 5 films, a pop-up exhibition and several events, is part of Manchester Digital Music Archive's HLF-funded Rebel Music programme and is led by MDMA co-founder Alison Surtees.

Through our online networks we held a vote to determine which 5 inspiring women in Manchester music we approach to feature in our 5 short films.

Denise Johnson won the 'Performer' category for her career as one of Manchester's most treasured and critically acclaimed vocalist/songwriters.

Denise has produced successful work as a solo artist, as well as performing and recording with Primal Scream, New Order, Electronic, A Certain Ratio, The Joy, Paul Weller, Fifth of Heaven and more.

In this piece she describes her earliest performance experiences, her fascination with microphones and her undying love of singing and connecting with audiences.

We'd like to thank Denise for sharing her story with us.

The aim of these films is to give encouragement and inspiration to other women to share their stories and artefacts on our website,, so these vital histories are not lost. Get involved!

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Artefact added : 15th May 2018
by Abigail
Ray Says –
Hi Folks

I have a cassette tape interview that may be of interest but it requires permission from the folk involved before submission.

Unfortunately I am out of touch as I last saw them 11 June 1988 at a private event.

At the time I was a budding music media type and had a bent for journalism . I was enjoying myself watching Timperley's finest boy orbiting a Whalley Range dazzler .
viz. David J Rofe/DFM and Denise Johnson.

Can somebody advise re the above ?
COMMENT ADDED 18th June 2018
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