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Music man Paul to appear on TV history of pop

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The music man who created BurySOUND will be sharing his memories and memorabilia with TV audiences tonight when he appears on The People’s History of Pop on BBC Four.

Paul Johnson came up with the idea of the popular Bury bands event as part of a university project in 1997.The DJ and events manager who grew up in Bury will feature in an episode of the TV show dedicated to music from 1986 to 1967.

This period covered early house music moving through to Brit Pop and groups like The Spice Girls.

Paul, 48, will be talking about house music and acid house on the programme which is fronted by Lauren Laverne. He won the opportunity to take part in the programme after would-be participants were invited to upload memorabilia to the programme’s website.

He has collated a wide range of vinyl and posters during his work as a DJ and his upload received the largest number of views.

The former manager of Rollerbury and Reflex (Club Brazilia) on Station Hill has been involved in music for the last 30 years and celebrated his 18th birthday at Taps, now Flex in Devonshire House.

He said:”The People’s History of Pop is a big social history from rock n roll to Northern Soul and so on.

“When I started going out there was no Instagram, Facebook or mobiles and socialising had to be done for real. Kids these days socialise in other ways.

“You have to move on, adapt and move forward but you always go back to the music of your youth. My favourite era is the 80s.”

The father of two now finds himself sharing his love of music with his daughter Rio, 15, named after the Duran Duran number.

She is studying media at Thurston Community College and father and daughter share their differing musical tastes.

The people’s History of Pop goes out tonight on Channel Four TV at 10pm with a repeat and on BBC iPlayer.