I'm with the band: Johnny Marr on his greatest partnerships

James Hanley


“At the risk of getting too cosmic, it was always on the cards that Bernard Sumner and myself were going to be friends. We’re very different people from very similar backgrounds and we both found ourselves in very big, very indie Manchester bands with a lot of drama.

He was just about to write [New Order’s] Technique and I’d just left The Smiths, and we were both seeking refuge from the politics of being in those bands. I wanted ...

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