An exhibition has opened its doors at Stockport Museum to celebrate the legacy of Strawberry Studios, which helped shape the iconic sounds of The Smiths and Joy Division, alongside playing host to The Buzzcocks and The Stone Roses, before closing in 1993. A rare gem, the studio was one of the few recording spaces outside of London.

Alongside memorabilia from the private collection of 10cc – including Eric Stewart’s guitar, gold discs and original signage, Manchester mosaic artist, Mark Kennedy, was commissioned to create a tile mural to celebrate the artists that played an important role in the studio’s 50-year heritage.

Utilising tiles from UK manufacturer Johnson Tiles’ Prismatics range, Kennedy produced portraits of Morrissey, Paul McCartney and Ian Brown amongst others, on a backdrop of album covers, including Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures.

Councillor Kate Butler, Executive Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council, said: “It is fitting that this new exhibition which celebrates how Stockport’s Strawberry Studios nurtured and captured that iconic Manchester sound should be hosted by Stockport Museum – only a stone’s throw away from where such memorable music was made.”

Peter Wadsworth, Music Historian, said: “This exhibition will allow the town and wider region to understand the role that Strawberry played in the Manchester music narrative, something that has been missing for too long. The vision of people like Peter Tattersall and 10cc, who challenged the London-dominance of the recording studio industry from their studio in Stockport, deserves to be recognised and remembered.”

The exhibition will run from 27 January 2017 to 29 January 2018, and entry is free.

All images courtesy of Stockport Council

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