Sounds of the North: Bowie, Bush, Beatles and Elbow to feature in two-week exhibition

Mercury Prize Winners Elbow have curated an album as part of an exclusive artwork exhibition heading to Manchester this week.

In partnership with Network Rail and National Album Day, the ‘Sounds of the North’ exhibition is due to arrive at Manchester Piccadilly station from Thursday September 19.

A fusion of the music and artist community the public can expect a cross-cultural representation of the North’s musical landscape from the past and present. Albums chosen to represent the North include Hunky Dory by David Bowie, Hounds of Love by Kate Bush, Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division, Revolver by The Beatles, and The Seldom Seen Kid by Elbow.

Discussing their thoughts on the album, Elbow revealed: “Some artists see the album as a collection of short stories – we see the album as a novel. We all measure what has happened to us in our adult life by what point we were at on what album.

“Each of the albums is the memory of a million decisions made together over many years.”

Others to select albums, and to attend the launch of the exhibition, include local music critic John Robb, Piccadilly Records, and Candida Doyle from Pulp.

Alongside Elbow’s album selection, a further 24 album choices will be represented in the exhibition, which is touring to some of the UK’s biggest cities, including Birmingham and London.

The exhibition is free and will run until September 30.

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