Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Smiths
Manchester icons The Smiths reach the 30th anniversary of their formation this spring. To mark the occasion, there are a variety of arty things going on up in their hometown. First up is the current exhibition ‘The Gospel According to…(part 1)’ which sounds like it would be an interesting afternoon out…
Running from now until the 5th April at The Holden Gallery, Manchester, it includes a variety of installations from contemporary artists. There’s Lucienne Cole tap-dancing to ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’, Lars Laumann explaining a conspiracy theory that Smiths classic ‘The Queen Is Dead’ predicted Princess Diana’s death, and Andrew Bracey’s animation of a bear dancing to ‘This Charming Man’.
The Gospel According to…(part 2) will be a panel discussion on April 12, looking at the cultural and social politics of the early eighties.
And finally, there will be a live music event involving Manchester arts students, curated by Smiths drummer Joyce. More info on this as we hear about it.
In the meantime, here are some interesting bits from The Smiths archive on Songkick:
Performing ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’ at Club Academy, 20 July 1986
Ticket stub from 1985 show at Royal Court Theatre
Poster from 1985 show in Middlesborough
At King’s College Students’ Union, 1983
Did you ever see the band play live?