The Mancunian Way: Manchester and its Music – Part 2: The British Beat Boom

This is the second part of the Mancunian Way, a BBC documentary series about Manchester and its music. Listen to the first part here: The Mancunian Way – Part 1

swinging clubThe second part of the Mancunian Way takes us back to the 60s and the British Invasion, which was the starting point of a new era in pop music. Heavily influenced by american Rock ‘n’ Roll and RnB, a new scene appeared in the – at the time – alcohol and drugs free local clubs of Manchester. New british bands that quite surprisingly took over America at a time when US music dominated the airways. They were only to be challenged by another british band from a rival city: The Beatles from Liverpool.

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The Mancunian Way – Part 2