Behind the lens with Kevin Cummins

The Stone Roses "splatter shot"
Photo by Kevin Cummins

With some fans stepping off a plane just hours before the event, Madchester fanatics from far and wide descended on “Sonos presents…The Music, The Myths and The Mayhem.” The event served as a venue for legendary music photographer Kevin Cummins to share his anecdotes from an era that defined a generation: living large and playing hard with a cheeky anything goes attitude.

Having photographed everyone from The Happy Mondays to David Bowie, Duran Duran and of course, The Stone Roses, Cummins was once described by The Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley as “sometimes more important than the bands themselves.” Between Cummins and his camera, the Madchester scene will– in the words of Oasis–live forever.

Interviewed by music journalist Lois Wilson (Mojo, Q, Kerrang! and NME), Kevin Cummins talked a packed room through the influential late 80s-to-early 90s scene. Starting from his time as a student blagging into gigs with nothing more than an empty camera case all the way to shooting Joy Division in the snow and capturing the iconic Stone Roses ‘splatter shot’ NME cover from 18 November 1989.

To highlight the extent of Kevin Cummins’ reach, Richard Robinson, award-winning graphic and album artwork designer, was in attendance at the event to chat about his exclusively-designed, Madchester-inspired PLAY:3s. The famed Perspex shoot of the Stone Roses by Kevin Cummins in 1988 leaps off the print and is realised in Robinson’s creations. These designs are exclusively available through upcoming competitions, so keep your eye out.

For those who missed the event, here’s Kevin Cummins talking us through The Stone Roses iconic ‘splatter shot’. You can also relive the event with our Madchester Anthems Spotify playlist. All you need to do now is sit back and enjoy.