Legendary guitarist, ex-Smiths man and architecture enthusiast Johnny Marr has become patron of the burgeoning Manchester Modernist Society
Marr has joined writer and broadcaster Jonathan Meades as a figurehead for the organisation which describes itself as a ‘loose collaboration of dilettantes, artists, designers, architects, geographers, historians and enthusiasts that exists to celebrate and promote an interest in the Modernist and Brutalist architecture of the city’.
Marr, who was alerted to the society after being sent a copy of its publication The Modernist (AJ 26.01.12) said: ‘I’ve been collecting The Modernist magazine for some time and I’m always impressed with the intelligence and care that they put into it and into their events. The Modernist Society is a really interesting organisation if you’re into architecture and aesthetics. Unique too.’
Jack Hale, a founding member of the society said: ‘Its brilliant news that Johnny has become a patron. We first realised Johnny was keen on Modernist architecture when we saw his New Town Velocity video in which he wanders around Manchester’s concrete buildings. We knew then that he was a kindred soul.’
Brutalist lover Johnny Marr joins Manchester Modernists