Band

Shaun

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Rocker SHAUN RYDER has blasted his HAPPY MONDAYS bandmates for collaborating on a book about the group when they could have made a fortune by writing their own. The frontman’s bass-playing brother Paul Ryder, guitarist Mark Day, and drummer Gary Whelan spoke to author Simon Spence for his 2014 history of the hard-living band, titled… Read more »

Paul

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End of the month sees the new Happy Monday’s bio released; Excess All Areas by Simon Spence, did it feel like enough time had passed to finally put your, and the bands side of the Mondays out there?  Paul – Well over the years I’ve been asked a few times to contribute to books on the… Read more »

Earliest ever recordings 1981

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A tape has emerged of the earliest ever Happy Mondays recordings cut in 1981: a Maxwell C30 with the inscription ‘Ringo And The Boys’ believed to be Shaun’s handwriting. It was recorded on a cassette player in the attic at Mark Day’s parents home in Swinton and has been transferred to a digital format and cleaned up  in a… Read more »

Paul Ryder

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First look at the book for Paul Ryder. He supplied many unseen pictures for it alongside the countless hours he spent being interviewed. The dedication page signed by Paul, Mark, Bez and Gary. Both pictures courtesy of Phil Grunshaw.

Acknowledgements

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This book is based on interviews conducted in 2013 and 2014 and would not have been possible without the incredibly generous amounts of time afforded me, separately, by Gary Whelan, Paul Ryder and Mark Day. Huge thanks also to Keith Jobling, who introduced and recommended me to the Mondays, and to Pat Carroll and brothers… Read more »

‘Brilliant book’ – Mark Day

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Mark Day’s verdict on the book. Mark gave several interviews for the book, supplied many unseen photos and paperwork.

PD doodles

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  PD was an accomplished artist. He designed a colour poster advertising the band’s 1984 gig at The Gallery featuring his own caricatures of the band. ‘He went around Manchester putting them up with decorator’s paste,’ said Paul Ryder. These doodles, spotted on private paperwork in the collection of Mark Day, are circa 1991.

12,000 Chords

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  ‘Mark’s a genius as far as I’m concerned,’ said Derek. ‘He is one of the most underrated guitarists. You try and work out what he’s playing on those tracks. He had a book with thousands of guitar chords in it and he knew every one of them and he invented some more himself. He… Read more »