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Poor-Man's Speed: Coming of Age in Wigan's Anarchic Northern Soul Scene | VICE United Kingdom

Poor-Man's Speed: Coming of Age in Wigan's Anarchic Northern Soul Scene | VICE United Kingdom | Northern Soul | Scoop.it

One Saturday night ­in 1975, I met my mate at a shop in Manchester that would, for certain, sell you Bronchipax: ephedrine capsules, the poor-man’s speed, banned now but sold without prescription back then.

We bought a packet each and swallowed the lot with tonic water: eight times the maximum adult dose. But what did we care about the adult dose? We were 15, and about to set off for the greatest dance club in the world.

We reached Wigan Casino around midnight with my mate’s cousin who was a “face” on the Northern Soul scene. That got us into a café nearby, packed – not with soul boys as I expected – but with music journos from London, cool Italians in micro-sunglasses, American vinyl collectors and other global bohemians.

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Donnie Elbert - I Can't Help Myself - [STEREO] - YouTube

Donnie Elbert Put A New Spin On Motown With His Excellent Falsetto Voice And Unique Sound. Donnie Gave Us This Superb Slice Of Soul In 1972, Making It All Th...
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Terry Christian on the 40th Anniversary Of Wigan Casino + My Favourite 100 Northern Soul Records...

Terry Christian on the 40th Anniversary Of Wigan Casino + My Favourite 100 Northern Soul Records... | Northern Soul | Scoop.it

This month it will be 40 years since Russ Winstanley booked Wigan Casino for its first Northern Soul all-nighter, starting at 2am on a Sunday morning. The faithful paid 75p each to dance until 8am to rare black American records – and though the price has gone up a bit, the scene is now bigger than ever.

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New compilations: The Wigan Casino 1973 – 81 and The Catacombs 1969 – 74 « Modculture

New compilations: The Wigan Casino 1973 – 81 and The Catacombs 1969 – 74 « Modculture | Northern Soul | Scoop.it
There are two new compilations in Charly's Club Soul series available to order. The Wigan Casino 1973 - 81 and The Catacombs 1969 - 74.
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Wigan Casino 40th Anniversary at Blackpool Tower

Wigan Casino 40th Anniversary at Blackpool Tower | Northern Soul | Scoop.it

wigan casino, motown, all nighter, blackpool tower, wish fm, kev roberts, northern soul (Wigan Casino 40th Anniversary, Sept 21 Blackpool Tower with Original DJs + ILA VANN Live.

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