Barmcake i — April 2016, #5


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“Barmcake: Issue 5”

FREE — Released 8 April 2016

In the new edition of Barmcake magazine:

Exclusive interviews:

Ken Dodd: ‘I don’t do satire – satire is sitting on a high stool.’

John Cooper Clarke: Pam Ayres, Giant Haystacks, and the sonorous tones of Dr Clarke

Martin Parr, plus review and photos from his exhibition

Jeffrey Lewis: The man who drew 112 Fall songs

The Bluetones (Mark Morriss): Unexpected reunions and the LP that saved music

Helen Clapcott: Beautiful pictures of Stockport’s ugly past

James Bentley: Cruyff turns in Bury – the story of a great football team


Statement Artworks: Hilarious twist on retro posters

David Bowie: ‘The conditions for the subversion, creativity and resistance embodied by Bowie are being dismantled.’ An essay on his life and death

Dale Hibbert: Memoir of an original Smith

Carolyn Drake: Fabulous blogger

Fuzzbox: are back!


Bella Hardy, The Stairs, 30 Days of The Smiths, The Railway Children, John Toolan, Dean Lilleyman, Ian Clayton, Stephen Hargadon


Four pages of listings tailored for the northern and middle-aged: gigs, comedy shows, beer festivals, spoken word, and theatre

Issue 5 is print-only until October. Stockists:

Barmcake is made by me, a freelance journalist in a biscuit-coloured cardigan. I have no backers or trust fund so if you'd like a copy, or copies of issues 1-4, please send a donation via the website.

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