manchester pop trail

Manchester Pop Trail is a means to preserve the story of Manchester music in a format conceived by Mancunian Paul Wilde, local music enthusiast and illustrator with a passion for the story behind the music. Celebrating its amazing history using his archives, personal collection and interviews. An extension of his popular column in the MEN sharing memories and artefacts that contribute to the story of Manchester music and its heritage. A labour of love recognised by former Joy Division and New Order guitarist Peter Hook who feels Paul’s work is a valuable contribution in keeping the cities music history alive. Complemented also by Paul’s original Pop Art an ongoing passion using ceramics and memorabilia to record moments that shaped the local music scene. “It’s so important we remember our music history, with no museum or lasting monument its imperative we document as much as possible for future generations. Manchester’s known the world over but what is the story behind its music and the backdrop to it all? This is Manchester Pop Trail so hop on board.” Paul Wilde 2020


The origins of Manchester Pop Trail…

Produced by Paul to combat lockdown producing something
positive in the process for mental wellbeing.
The results this 32 page A4 size fanzine celebrating the cities
music history based on his archives, articles and illustrations.
£4.95 plus P&P Facebook @mcrpoptrail to obtain a copy.
Limited at this moment to 75 issues numbered and signed.
Part proceeds to the mental health charity MIND.
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Certificate awarded to Paul at his Manchester 60’s
Music Day at Urmston Mens  Club 15 May 2014.
Presented by the musicians from the period recognising achievements to keep the music from the period
alive in peoples memories and for future generations.

Manchester Pop Trail was a regular column in the Manchester Evening News introducing readers to its music history as a means of preserving as memories fade and the landscape of the city changes. Stories attached to the music generated by the town known initially for its Manchester Beat and remind ourselves of the famous names that trod the boards on the way to superstardom!
In response to this Paul received an award for keeping Manchester 60’s Music Alive by the musicians themselves presented by Pete Maclaine Manchester Beat artist and resident compere at the Oasis Club, Lloyd Street in the 1960’s. Paul’s column a popular feature along with his illustrations to add to the story, now developed as a unique range of ceramics and history cards to ensure memories don’t fade while we wait a permanent monument or museum dare we say?! 
The column has allowed Paul the platform to present a number of fund raisers such as the Manchester 60’s Music Day in Urmston and Pete Best’s return to where The Beatles made their debut to the nation. This on radio in 1962 at the former BBC studios and Playhouse Theatre in Hulme, Paul interviewing the Beatle’s original drummer on stage, a moment both historic and captured on film! As a regular at music events including The Beatles annual convention he has been acknowledged for his work on ‘The Beatles In Manchester’. A tour written and presented in 2012 taking local BBC Radio presenters Eamonn O’Neal and Jimmy Wagg round the key sites on the 50th anniversary of ‘Love Me Do’ Since then he’s taken other fans on the tour including a group from Holland. Paul’s hoping to make these more regular from 2021 including a new tour to celebrate the amazing rock history of his home town borough with ‘Trafford Rocks’.