POSTED ON – 04.03.09
Mani kicks off SSR's 25th birthday party
Manchester’s School of Sound Recording (SSR) is celebrating its 25th anniversary with some legendary Manchester musicians.
And first on the list is Mani from the legendary Stone Roses and Primal Scream. Mani will be at the SSR campus on Tuesday 10th March between 2-4pm, giving advice to the next generation of students hoping to make their way into the Music Industry.
SSR began life as a commercial recording studio known as “Spirit Studios” on Tariff Street in the Northern Quarter in 1980. It provided vital rehearsal space and recording opportunities for up and coming Manchester bands. The first band to cross Spirit’s door was The Smiths along with Simply Red, Happy Mondays and many others.
The Stone Roses followed suit although at the time had little money to pay their way. One infamous story is that unable to pay their studio bill The Stone Roses broke in and recorded a secret tape. Maybe Mani will confirm this on his visit.
"We loved coming down to Spirit, we had some wicked times. I am really looking forward to seeing SSR, meeting the students and getting a first glimpse of the new Spirit studio that is being built on the top floor. Maybe I’ll get a chance to hear that tape."
SSR Principal Ian Hu:
"It’s great that Mani is coming down as he is an important part of SSR’s very rich history. This company experience over 25 years is what makes us a respected and trusted provider of creative media education. We have come a long way from the 15 students who started in 1984 to the 350 we have now"
In 1984 Spirit became SSR, the first audio engineering school in the UK. 25 years on the company is now located in a massive 4 storey state of the art facility in Ardwick offering degree programmes in Music and Media courses to record numbers of students. This is the first of many anniversary events planned by SSR, and to mark this occasion students and staff will be coming in the dress code of 1984.