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This Charming Manchester (Manchester Music, Then and Now)

Stephen Dalton, The National, October 2009

From Joy Division and The Smiths, to the headliners at next month's Dubai Sound City, Happy Mondays and Doves, Manchester has long been Britain's self-styled music capital. But has the city's urban regeneration dulled its maverick creative spirit?

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