Burnham didn’t expect homelessness to be the key issue in his campaign when he launched his mayoral bid last year. Back then he was making slightly cringeworthy statements about “putting the swagger back into Manchester’s music scene” and suggesting it was tough growing up in the north because people “took the mickey” if you wanted to be a lawyer or an MP. He still has a tendency to suggest that everyone in Greater Manchester is drinking Bovril and trying to be Oasis: earlier this month he responded to the Tory idea of giving special “barista visas” to young European latte makers by tweeting: “God forbid the idea of waiting longer in the morning for their posh coffee.” … [Read more...] about Northern powerhouse or cardboard city – can a new mayor fix Manchester?
After a glorious post-Horses romp through the likes of Because the Night, Dancing Barefoot, People Have the Power (“to vote, to strike!”) and even obliging a yelled request for her rarely performed, infamous 1974 first recording, Piss Factory, she exited to an ovation, still mauling sacred cows. A rampage through the Who’s My Generation saw the “hope I die before I get old” line changed to “I don’t need any of that shit. I hope I live because of it.” On this imperial form, few would bet against another 40 years. … [Read more...] about Patti Smith review – freewheeling rampage from the poet laureate of punk