Over the generations, the Manchester area has nurtured thousands of musical acts, ranging in styles as diverse as music hall and Madchester.

But it was the sixties that was the first to bring the music to the people.  There were groups in almost every street, kids playing their music without thought of fame - just fun.

Although many were adopted on a national scale, others were content to stir only local interest before their eventual demise.

Despite their lack of national commercial success, they were part of the tremendous Manchester area music scene that continues to play such a major part in our lives.

Proudly based in the sixties, these pages salute the groups, agents, disc jockeys, shops and clubs in the Manchester area that gave us all such a great time! Memories that have lasted a lifetime!

Enjoy the site ... Add to it ...  Revisit! 

Just a few books left

I have just acquired a small cache of Manchesterbeat books - all in new/not read condition. 

Volume 2:   1 available     Volume 3:  3 available    Volume 4:   3 available      Volume 1 and 5:   Sorry all gone :-(

Books will be sold at cost - Book and postage/packing
Books cost me approx 11UKP each and basic postage (standard envelope plus bubblewrap) and part of the Paypal charges 7UKP  - Total cost 18UKP

Due to the nature of Australia Post charges (books are in Aus), there is no discount for multiples as costs are charged in 250 gram blocks.  Books and envelope just under (its very close).

How to buy:

Just email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating what you want - first come, first served basis.

I will then email you with Paypal details. 

CLICK HERE FOR INFO ON THE BOOKS  - the pricing. postage info is out of date.

New website

If any of you may be interested, I have just created a new site for our southern friends https://www.kentbeat.uk 
No manjor links to Manchester groups but may be of interest.




Developing Manchesterbeat over the past 15 plus years has had some incredible high points for me but, increasingly, I get the low points when I hear of the passing of so many.

So very sad to hear of the passing of Derek Quinn, one of Manchester music's pioneers and someone who gave the city much more than the hits. 

Video chosen is not one most people would know.  There are "millions" of videos of Freddy and The Dreamers but this one would be new to most and shows Derek in quite a different role.

Enjoy (and have a look at the Fourtones page, which has some images of Derek with Graham Nash, Alan Clarke, Pete Bocking and John Mepham)

And now we hear of the passing of Douggie James.  Sad news again.

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