Strawberry Studios: Exhibition marks Stockport's music recording legacy
- 26 January 2017
- From the section Manchester
The legacy of a recording studio where 10cc, The Smiths and Joy Division created their iconic Manchester sound is being celebrated in an exhibition.
Set up 50 years ago, Strawberry Studios in Stockport was one of the few UK recording spaces outside London.
Big names including The Stone Roses, Paul McCartney and The Buzzcocks all recorded there before it shut in 1993.
On Friday, memorabilia from the studio which was co-owned by 10cc, will be on display at Stockport Museum.
Music historian Peter Wadsworth said the exhibition would help people "understand the role Strawberry played in the Manchester music narrative", something he said "has been missing for too long".
Set up in 1967 in a 20ft square room above a record store in the town centre, it was initially called Inter-City Studios.
But after Peter Tattersall bought it for about £500 and Eric Stewart, then a member of the Mindbenders, became a partner, it was renamed Strawberry Recording Studios.
They moved it to a building in nearby Waterloo Road and began to offer technical facilities that were previously unavailable in the north of England.
Backing from 10cc's Graham Gouldman and artist-management firm Kennedy Street Enterprises then turned it into a hub of northern recording until it shut in 1993.
Factory Records producer Martin Hannett later used Strawberry as his studio of choice, paving the way for a new generation of post-punk Manchester music.
"The vision of people like Peter Tattersall and 10cc, who challenged the London dominance of the recording studio industry from their studio in Stockport, deserves to be recognised and remembered," Dr Wadsworth, from the University of Manchester, said.
Strawberry Studios: I Am in Love opens on Friday and will run for a year.