Louder Than War LogoA long time mainstay of the Manchester music scene Dougie James has died at the age of 72. Dougie was known to many in the post punk period as being part of the gig promotion team with the late Alan Wise.

He had his own musical history as the lead singer of the 1970s band Dougie James and the Soul Train.


Raised in Wythenshawe, the former Sharston High School pupil carved out a career in the music industry before his three sons, the Thomas brothers, became famous themselves.

Ryan Thomas starred in Coronation Street and Celebrity Big Brother while Adam Thomas was in Emmerdale and his twin Scott Thomas was

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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