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photo of Left to right John Squire on guitar, Funky Si on drums, Andy Couzens vocals, (in background with longer hair original Roses bassist Pete Garner and on bass with arm in air Ian Brown)

Before the Stone Roses there was a bunch of schoolmates in Manchester who put together a school band called The Patrol. John Squire played guitar, Ian Brown was on bass, Si Wolztencroft played drums and Andy Couzens was the vocalist. They played 5/6 gigs and this is a photo of one of the shows at Dunham Massey Youth Club in 1981  supporting with Corrosive Youth & Suburban Chaos in one of those typical teenage punk rock shows of them time. The Patrol were surprisingly adept (LTW have tapes of the band rehearsing and playing live) and their Clash style music was way ahead of their years.

photo from the great Manchester Music archive website

 

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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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