A Life in Sound: The Sounds & Stories of Paul Graney

Posted on 12/07/2016 by


A Life in Sound: The Sounds & Stories of Paul Graney, a journey into the sounds of the Paul Graney Collection (1908 – 1982).

This is a blog post of an event held on 7 June 2016 at Manchester Central Library as part of the Manchester Histories Festival. It was written and presented by Fiona Cosson, Historian at Manchester Metropolitan University and David Govier, Archivist at Manchester Central Library.


Welcome to Manchester Central Library. Today we take you on a journey into the sounds and stories of Mr Paul Graney. Paul thought of himself as just ‘one bloke’. He was anything but.

By day, Paul was a pipe-fitter, but he spent his spare time travelling around the North West in the 1960s and 1970s, and using his portable reel-to-reel recorder, he documented the sounds and stories of people from across the region and beyond. Paul was interested in ‘the common people’, their histories and traditions, stories and songs.

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Paul was a good listener and he had a knack for getting people to talk about themselves…

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