The Man The Music The Machines
tribute event to Martin Hannett
Leaf Cafe, Liverpool
22nd June 2014
With the organisers having staged a similar event in Manchester, now
it was the turn of Liverpool to pay tribute to renowned record producer
Martin Hannett, best known for his work with Joy Division, and most notably
the haunting and atmospheric album masterwork Unknown Pleasures.
As well as a film ( a very long film!) about his life and career in music,
there were examples on display of some of the recording equipment Hannett
used in Strawberry Recording Studios as well as a brick which formed part
of the recording studios in Rochdale in which he produced a number of
iconic tracks by JD, including Atmosphere, Digital, Dead Souls, Ice Age
On the wall there were album sleeves of various musicians and bands who
had greatly influenced, particularly Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited and
Sounds of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel, as well as photographs of Hannett
working in the studio and conversing with various musicians from the local
Of particular interest were Hannett's first tape recorder, an Elizabethan,
which he bought when he was a schoolboy, that he he used to create early
sound experiments in the late 50s and early 60s, recording footsteps and
Although JD was his main claim to form, Hannett also produced other Manchester-based
bands, Buzzcocks, Magazine, Happy Mondays and Durutti Column. He was credited
with creating the post-punk Manchester sound.
Sadly Hannett died aged 41 in 1991 following a heart attach brought upon
by excessive drug taking and drinking.
Hannett hailed from Didsbury and JD singer Ian Curtis was born in Macclesfield,
not exactly rock music capitals, but what an utterly potent force together
they proved to be.