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John McCready

John McCready began writing as a news journalist in Liverpool and freelanced for NME from 1986. He also wrote extensively for The Face and there were significant associations with ID, Radio Times, Mojo, Mixmag and Word.

John has compiled and written sleeve notes for releases by New Order and Stone Rose and was Press Officer for Network Records in Birmingham — the pioneering dance independent which brought the world Detroit Techno and Altern 8!

He has written and presented stories for Radio 4’s Front Row and worked as a producer and music consultant in TV — overseeing an entire evening of anniversary programmes on John Lennon for Channel 4 — together with documentaries for BBC and ITV on the Beach Boys, Abba and the Carpenters.

John was a resident Hacienda DJ and a New Order tour DJ. He released records on the great Rob Gretton’s label.

He has created and taught courses in music and journalism at Leeds College of Music, Huddersfield University, Edge Hill University, Salford University and for journalism training specialists, News Associates in Manchester and London. He is currently Course Leader for the Music Journalism Degree at BIMM Manchester.

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