The Legacy of Black Power in Moss Side: Coca Clarke tells her story
English / Francesca Nottola / Interviews / Manchester

The Legacy of Black Power in Moss Side: Coca Clarke tells her story

Coca Clarke is an 85-year-old Black Power activist and she is still an active member of the vibrant Moss Side community, a community that – despite its many laudable efforts – struggles to shred off the lazy stereotypes and assumptions placed on an entire community by the media since the ‘gang wars’ of the ‘80s and ‘90s. In this interview, Clarke tells her story and that of her sister Kath Locke, the activist to whom the medical and community centre in Moss Side is dedicated. Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Neil Calcutt, author of ‘Reader Meet Author’, a.k.a. the other Smiths DJ
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INTERVIEW: Neil Calcutt, author of ‘Reader Meet Author’, a.k.a. the other Smiths DJ

By Francesca Nottola Who is Neil Calcutt and why am I interviewing him? Neil is mostly known in Manchester – so far – as the deputy Smiths DJ at the legendary Smiths and Morrissey Disco held every first Friday of the month at the alternative dandy/punk/metal venue Star & Garter. The other DJ, Dave, has been … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Howe Gelb, July 2015
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INTERVIEW: Howe Gelb, July 2015

©July 2015 Stefania Ianne – All rights reserved. Twitter @stillarte Howe Gelb’s main band Giant Sand was born in 1985 with the release of Valley of Rain, officially starting the so-called ‘erosion-rock’ trend. Recently, the veteran of US alternative music scene and his mutating band have released yet another musical creation on New West Records: Heartbreak Pass. … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Cian Ciarán of Super Furry Animals and Zefur Wolves, May 2015
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INTERVIEW: Cian Ciarán of Super Furry Animals and Zefur Wolves, May 2015

©2015 Stefania Ianne – All rights reserved. Twitter @stillarte In May 2015, following two sold-out dates at the Brixton Academy in London, I had a chance to speak with Super Furry Animals’ keyboardist Cian Ciarán on behalf of Italian independent music magazine Rumore. I was given the wrong time for the interview, but Cian kindly took … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: GROVES  20/06/2015
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INTERVIEW: GROVES 20/06/2015

©2015 Francesca Nottola by Francesca Nottola Groves are a noise/punk/hippie three-piece band from Manchester. The ‘throat-splitting’ vocals are provided by Luca Corda, the ‘thunderous drums’ by his brother Mattia Corda and the gut-drilling bass by Richard Clarke. There are a few reasons why I asked them to be interviewed for us. I had already heard … Continue reading