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Hidden Histories at British Pop Archive Books



Manchester University Press are delighted to announce the publication of a new series of short books, taking inspiration from The British Pop Archive (BPA) which is currently housed at Manchester’s John Rylands Research Institute and Library.

Their forthcoming British Pop Archive Books series draws from a diverse array of original sources including interviews, recordings, images, press clippings, and other archival gems, reflecting and expanding upon the riches of the Manchester-based archive.


By delving into the untold stories, the BPA series aims to entertain and enlighten readers, offering music aficionados the thrill of uncovering long-forgotten secrets and exploring the dusty corners of British popular culture.


The first publication in the series, Bedsit land: The strange worlds of Soft Cell by Patrick Clarke, will publish in September 2024. The book covers the wild tale of Soft Cell, from their roots in Blackpool’s cabaret and Northern Soul scene, and on towards Leeds’s underground performance / art college crowd, then finally New York’s meatpacking district. This compact read gives an insight into one of the important bands in the 1980s and is an essential read for all interested in electro / LGBTQ+ / artschool history in the UK.


Working with an award-winning cover designer, these are collectible, desirable volumes that every music-loving reader will want to add to their own personal library. Adelle Stripe is part of the editorial board alongside leading names in music journalism and research including Jon Savage, Elizabeth Alker, DJ Paulette, John Robb, Shara Rambarran and Hillegonda Rietveld and many other cultural luminaries.




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