star-and-garterThe Star and Garter is part of the key fabric of the Manchester underound. It’s one of the last of the old school city centre pubs and host many great gigs and of the famous Smiths disco and  a popular indie night.

So the place has cultural value as well as being one of the few great old Victorian style buildings left in the city centre that has not turned into a steel and glass, overpriced coffee zone.

The popular and famous pub is now under the cosh from those drone like developers who see city centre zones  as areas to make themselves huge profits.

Of course we don’t want to stand in the way of progress and the surrounding area of a rundown former train station and warehouses may as well be converted into something but surely the developers can have their steel and chrome emporiums and the Star and Garter can be part of this new world and allowed to continue as it is. And sod the new flat dwellers and their petty and mean spirited noise complaints that will come in the future when they move in and claim ownership over anothe corner of the city centre.

We believe  that the Star and Garter should be celebrated as  a cultural icon and should be supported by these invisible money men and not destroyed for the bland corporate coffee culture. A city centre is for everybody and not the choses few.

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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.


  1. The trouble is that these people have no soul. All they care about is the mark up and whether they can afford an extra skiing trip or a new wing on their horrendous mansion. People have become mere ciphers in their own lives because of the money men.


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