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I think it is fair to say that my friend P.E. Minonzio (author of Petit Manuel Musical du Football) is a bit obsessed with everything Manchester. If you look at his Twitter account his avatar is a classic Morrissey pic and a few his tweets – in between his full time work for L’Equipe – are about The Smiths, or Oasis or about the football…

These are some of the reasons why I call him my friend, not just because this website was the source for much of the info in the above mentioned book. Hopefully there will be an English language translation one day.

I am jealous of Pierre because he gets to produce documentaries about these things. Evidence below of when he took a trip to Manchester some months back to do a film for L’Equipe Explore.

The doc begins with the poet Tony Walsh reciting one of his own works on the subject of MCR. He did another poem a few years ago for the Manchester derby which performed on Match Of The Day:

The scenes then move to the City of Manchester Stadium and the activity outside in City Square before a match. We see the former Man City player Paul Dickov on stage and he introduces a local band which includes his daughter who is the bass player.
They are called The Kubbs and this is one of their own compositions:

It then moves to the canal and there is the notable Manchester DJ Dave Haslam who talks about football, music, about Manchester and the Haçienda. There’s also an appearance from another Hacienda DJ – Mike Pickering.

» Here’s a playlist with a live DJ set from Haslam and then one from Mike Pickering, again from the legendary venue:

The documentary then shifts the subject to Oasis, with photographer Kevin Cummins talking about the band and photographing them.

Oasis live at Maine Road – Live Forever:

Because of the Gallagher brothers being very vocal and visual supporters of Man City, it helped raise the profile of the club. Especially when they were going through the lower divisions in the ’90’s.

But it’s not just Oasis, there’s also Jimi Goodwin and his band, Doves. They performed live at the very last game City played at Maine Road. The following song is on the Man City playlist which is played before the matches and at half time.

The documentary then goes on to talk to a fan of Man United and then to FC United of Manchester. But this post as you’ve seen is concentrating on the blue half of MCR.

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