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Manchester music legend to appear at Glyndŵr University public lecture


May 18 2011

Former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook will be special guest at a lecture which will delve into the world of illegal downloads and the growth of the internet in helping bands and musicians break in to the music industry.

Hook is one of three guest speakers joining DJ Graeme Park for a discussion about changes in the music business over the last two decades at Glyndŵr University, Wrexham on Thursday 26 May 2011.

As well as Hook, Park, a lecturer on the university’s music technology courses, has invited two music industry bosses to appear at the talk, “The Evolution of the Music Business: Using your creative skills to adapt to change.”

Simon Gavin, managing director of Verve Records, and Rob Manley, managing director of Decca records, have both worked in the music industry for more than 20 years, signing some of the world’s biggest artists to major record labels.

The event is part of a new series of public lectures at Glyndwr University focused on the creative industries – with all being held at the university’s new £5m Creative Industries Centre which opened in March.

Katie Dutton, events coordinator at Glyndwr University, said: “The university is incredibly proud to be able to provide a free event on such a cutting edge issue which will be attended by high profile speakers.

“Graeme Park has played in some of the world’s biggest clubs for more than 20 years and Simon Gavin is responsible for breaking artists such as Duffy, Daniel Bedingfield and Sophie Ellis Bextor, so the public really will be hearing from those at the top of their field about how the music industry has evolved.”

The talk will look at the decline in music sales in the 1990s against the backdrop of the rise of technology and the internet major players in the music industry.

Park, Hook, Gavin and Manley will discuss the challenges presented by illegal downloading and how social networking tools such as Facebook, Myspace, blogs and websites have played a crucial role in exposing artists’ music to more and more people than ever before.

  • ‘The Evolution of the Music Business: Using your creative skills to adapt to change’ takes place in the TV studio at the Creative Industries Centre at Glyndŵr University, Wrexham, on Thursday 26 May 2011. The talk is free to attend and starts at 6.30pm. To book a place email or call 01978 293466.
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