Manchester Art Gallery

Dave Haslam and Scott King in-conversation

Manchester Art Gallery
Thursday 20 July 2017, 6pm–8pm


Artist Scott King and DJ/author Dave Haslam discuss the work that Scott has contributed to True Faith, including Scott’s fascination with Ian Curtis, as well as exchanging thoughts on the mythologies and inspiration of Joy Division, New Order, and Factory Records.

Dave Haslam

DJ and writer Dave Haslam DJ’d over 450 times at the legendary Hacienda in Manchester during the late 1980s and has since DJ’d worldwide (including shows in Peru, New York, Berlin, Barcelona, and Italy). He made his debut at the Hacienda on May 1st 1986. Ian Brown, Tim Burgess and the Chemical Brothers all later credited his eclectic Thursday night sets as an inspiration. In 1990 he toured America with Mike Pickering, Graeme Park, and Paul Oakenfold. Since the early 1990s he has hosted a variety of successful club nights in Manchester, including Yellow at the Boardwalk.

He’s the author of Manchester England, a groundbreaking study of Manchester’s radical and musical history. On World Book Day in 2003 Manchester, England was declared one of the ten books that best represent England (alongside books by the likes of Jeremy Paxman, Zadie Smith, and George Monbiot).

He’s subsequently written three more books; an alternative history of the 1970s Not Abba and Adventures on the Wheels of Steel, a book about superstar DJs, and Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues, (2015).

He attended Joy Division’s last ever show back in May 1980; since then, Sonic Youth have slept on his floor; Tony Wilson threatened to shoot him; he took John Peel to see Public Enemy; he’s cooked cauliflower cheese for Morrissey; Neil Tennant introduced him to Tracey Emin; he’s been namechecked by Noddy Holder and Andrew Marr; and he appeared in the film 24 Hour Party People and in Carol Morley’s The Alcohol Years.

In 2012 he co-curated an exhibition Dreams Without Frontiers at Manchester Art Gallery, featuring the artists Cyprien Gaillard, and Kelley Walker.

His latest book is Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues (2015). Among the uniformly positive reviews, The Sunday Times declared the work a “must read” and described by the Herald (Scotland) as “impressive…beautifully written, incredibly readable and fascinating”.

Scott King

Scott King was art director of i-D magazine and creative director of Sleazenation magazine. He has worked with many influential figures including Pet Shop Boys, Michael Clark, Malcolm McLaren and Suicide. King’s work has been exhibited internationally in both commercial galleries and institutions; he has also produced several books including Anxiety & Depression (2009), Art Works (2010), Anish & Antony Take Afghanistan (2014), Public Art (2016) and Britlins (2017).