Cope’s Busking Tour: Manchester


I’m all blogged up, so in an effort to relieve myself I begin with the Archdrude’s visit to Manchester as part of his Joe Strummer Memorial Busking Tour which took in a whole series of historical sites of civil protest and direct action across the UK. In Manchester he played at the site of the Peterloo Massacre – something that doesn’t need much introduction (see here if you’re not up-to-speed), but requires a lot of remembering.


Amounting to an un-sanitised memorialising, replete with ranting and ritual, this was a short but fantastically poignant and entertaining set. As much as I find myself disagreeing with some (but far from most) of his psyche-heretical political sloganeering, Cope hit the right note this time – especially as the note was a ur-drone in A (probably). Three songs, finishing with ‘Pristeen’, and a minute’s silence for the fallen 15, the leather-clad Black Sheep were utterly brilliant and, as befits the protest being made, Sqwubbsy was back. I’m not sure what was more disturbing, seeing Cope’s seven foot alter-ego that close up or witnessing Big Nige on large drum, but both sights will linger on.

Visit this lot here who are campaigning for a “prominent, explanatory and respectful monument to this profound event”. I’m sure the Wessex one would concur.


Pristeen – from Peggy Suicide

I’m Living In The Room They Found Saddam In – from Citizen Cain’d

The Black Sheep’s Song – from Black Sheep

A video I took of Pristeen – apologies for the shakes, it was bloody freezing:



About angrybonbon

Both Bars On's Manchester correspondent

Posted on November 5, 2008, in Gig reviews and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Reportage! Great photos…

  2. i see a couple of cameras there. was anyone audio recording these busking events?

  3. He turned up with an ‘official’ sound and film crew which will no doubt lead to a DVD at some point and possibly soundtrack. Not sure about anything else – I guess it’s best to keep an eye on the message boards over at Head Heritage for bootlegs.

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