Buzzcocks - Lesser Free Trade Hall

Buzzcocks - Lesser Free Trade HallSince the recent death of the wonderful and inspirational Buzzcock, Pete Shelley, there have been many discussions over what would be the best way to commemorate his life.

Many people have called for some kind of statue and whilst we understand the permanence of this we believe that a better way to capture the proactive spirit of the late Buzzcock would be some kind of Pete Shelley Centre in his hometown of Leigh – maybe something like the Anthony Burgess space in Manchester but in Leigh – in a town that needs putting on the map of pop culture and a space to inspire the next generation of creativity. One of the great things about pop culture is that it is theoretically for everyone everywhere and Pete should be an inspiration to a town that gets forgotten about in pop culture terms.

This would not only be a place where his music is played and his iconic artefacts displayed, but also  a cafe, a rehearsal space, an art space, a library, a gallery and a meeting space where people connect and create ideas, where people come to talk and inspire, where things happen just like those two iconic Sex Pistols gigs Pete helped to put ion in Manchester in 1976. It doesn’t have to be big but somewhere that celebrates his past but also inspires the future. If we want to be more ambitious maybe out front something like the comedy carpet in Blackpool with but with Pete’s lyrics, those great sets of words – some of the greatest in pop culture.
If not in Leigh it would be good to have this in  Manchester – the city where he kick-started a musical revolution with those Pistols gigs and the first independent record – the Spiral Scratch EP – maybe Manchester is overloaded with pop culture stuff but perhaps a corner of the Manchester museum could be given over to the same kind of project mentioned above – a place to celebrate the past but to inspire the future.
Paul Lally is running a campaign to do something – message him here
Thoughts below please!
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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. Love the idea of some form of art centre, can be used, and of use to future generations, a statue will be admired by those who knew and admired but within a few decades peopke will walk past blindly ir ask who was that

  2. I think it’s better to have something practical like a centre. Though we could be greedy and have a statue inside the centre.

  3. Pete school friend and original Buzzcocks bassist Garth Davies was in touch to say that the locals in Leigh wanted to erect a statue but felt that it wouldn’t gather enough momentum locally. Perhaps with fan support it would happen


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