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Edge Street Live presents

John Robb

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John Robb talks about a life in music, his best selling art of darkness book, being the first person to interview Nirvana, inventing the word Britpop, and adventures on the post punk frontline...

John Robb is a many-faceted creature. Not just a well known face from TV but also a best selling author, musician, journalist, presenter and pundit, music website boss, publisher, festival boss, eco warrior and vegan behemoth and talking head singer from post-punk mainstays The Membranes. He is all these things and more.

His recently released book ‘The Art Of Darkness - the History of Goth’ is a worldwide pop culture best seller and his soon to be launched ground-breaking new scheme - The Green Britain Academy, is set to train up people in thousands of Eco jobs whilst Borders Blurred is a gaming and music agency with a

He is a constant on TV and radio commenting on music, culture and politics and one of the UK’s leading in conversation hosts who has his own successful YouTube channel and his own books and music festival in Manchester every year called Louder Than Words.

John’s special guest for the second half of the show will be the acclaimed Manchester poet, Tony Walsh. “The poet who defined a city with a poem that inspired the world.”

Although forever known for his iconic poem “This Is The Place” delivered in the aftermath of the arena bombing in 2017, there is, of course, a great deal more to this legendary wordsmith. A former Poet in Residence for the world-renowned Glastonbury Festival, and a face around the Manchester music scene since the post-punk late 70s, a chat with Tony promises tales of soundchecks with The Jam, an audience with The Clash, collaborations with Noel Gallagher and musical adventures from Stockport Road to Abbey Road. A poem or two from his five-star poetry collection is also sure to raise the roof, given its title of Sex & Love & Rock & Roll!

“Noel Gallagher talks about the Manchester 50 who were at every single cool gig in town. Tony Walsh was one of them!” - John Robb 

"…roars of approval and wild applause... stirring…stunning…" - TIME magazine (USA)

  • Duration: 1hr 30mins (includes interval)
  • Price: £14.50 - £16.50