Poetry. Music. THE PASSAGE: POST-PUNK POETS celebrates the lyrics and artistry of Dick Witts, frontman of the Manchester Musicians Collective band The Passage. Collected here for the first time, the lyrics revolve around Witts' tenets of power, fear and love, which imbue them with relentless energy. Combining hazy visions of an 80s nightclub at 2AM and a unflinching eye for satire and political commentary, these lyrics are as pertinent and forceful as they were during the post-punk heyday.
Born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, Dick Witts grew up as a musician, playing cello and percussion. At Manchester, he played with the Hallé Orchestra and new music ensembles, before becoming interested in post-punk music and setting up the Manchester Musicians Collective. While in The Passage he toured Europe, Scandinavia and North America, recording four albums and a number of singles. He was also involved in television and radio presentation, and he wrote three books—an acclaimed biography of Nico, a history of the Arts Council called Artist Unknown and a study of The Velvet Underground. Now a professor of music at Edge Hill University, and an advisor to the music ensemble Icebreaker, he is writing a book about music policy at the BBC.Author City: MANCHESTER UNK