The Sounds and Stories of Paul Graney: 7 June 2016, Manchester

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You are warmly invited to ‘A Life in Sound: The Sounds and Stories of Paul Graney’ on Tuesday 7 June 2016, 6pm at Manchester Central Library, as part of the Manchester Histories Festival 2016.

Central Library hosts a special event as part of the Manchester Histories Festival on the evening of 7 June. A Life in Sound: The Sounds & Stories of Paul Graney celebrates the creator of the library’s most important sound archive. Yet he always described himself as ‘just one bloke’. And he is almost completely unknown today. So who was he?

Paul Graney lighting his pipe

Paul Graney was born in Pendle in Lancashire in 1908 and died at Withington Hospital in 1982. In that time he seemed to live several lives and built up a unique archive of biography, oral history, radio and folk music from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Part of Paul’s archive is what he called his ‘memory tapes’. These are recordings of Paul telling his life story during the 1920s and 1930s. The tapes have been edited into a Bluecoat Press book called ‘One Bloke’ by Barry Seddon.

In the memory tapes (and in One…

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