Manchester, home of the original goth Morrissey, is the first city to recognize alternative subcultures as motivation for hate crimes. Just last week the police force announced that it will now be illegal to harass or harm in any way goths, punks and emos. The police were inspired to protect these groups against hate crimes after 20-year-old goth girl Sophie Lancaster was attacked in a Manchester park in 2007 and died. Keep reading »
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The thing I like best about Spotify is that I can make a playlist for every nuance of mood I might be experiencing (and I have many). This week, I’ve been listening to The Smiths a lot. Those of you who are long-time readers know that I used to be goth in high school. Back in the day, when I was feeling inky and writing tortured poetry about my unrequited crushes, the Moz was my muse. When most people listen to The Smiths, it means they’re depressed. When I listen to The Smiths, it means I’m in a really good place. Go figure.
Morrissey nerds like myself know that he hails from Manchester, England, which is famous for birthing various music movements from punk rock to “Madchester.” I made a playlist of all the dark-luscious music to emerge from this gritty, industrial town. Happy pain dancing. Enjoy after the jump! Keep reading »