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Colin Sharp

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Colin Ainsley Sharp 5 September 1953 – 7 September 2009 was an English actor, biographer, percussionist and singer-songwriter, who was part of the Manchester music scene of the late 1970s and dedicated to arts in Newcastle upon Tyne


  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Acting
  • 4 Death
  • 5 Bibliography
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Early life and education


In the late 1970s, he joined post-punk band The Durutti Column as singer during the last months of 1978, replacing original vocalist Phil Rainford The band featured Vini Reilly and Dave Rowbotham as guitarists and future Simply Red members Tony Bowers on bass and Chris Joyce on drums With him, the band continued to play live performances and recorded two songs, "No Communication" and "Thin Ice Detail", for the A Factory Sample EP a various artist compilation which featured also other artists from Factory Records label who signed the band: Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire and John Dowie Shortly afterwards, only Reilly remained in the band

In 1978, by the time he joined and left The Durutti Column, he formed a glam-punk band, The Roaring 80s, who were active until their split in 1981, opening shows for Magazine, Joy Division and others

In 1983, he founded, in Newcastle, the rock band SF Jive, which lasted until 1990; he was the band's vocalist and percussionist

In 1988, he formed an experimental music trio called Glow, but they were active only one year

In 2006, he reappeared in the post-punk scene, when his collaboration with American band Vernian Process was released within the band's second album The Forgotten Age It included the song "Where Are The Young Men", which Sharp composed in memory of his late friends who were part of the new wave music scene, including Ian Curtis, Martin Hannett, Billy Mackenzie, Adrian Borland

In 2007, he published his book Who Killed Martin Hannett – The History of Factory Records' Musical Magician, a biography of his close friend, the producer Martin Hannett

He taught drama at Tyne Metropolitan College until July 2008


Between 1979 and 2005, Sharp appeared in several television and film productions


Sharp died, age 56, after suffering a brain haemorrhage


  • Sharp, Colin 2007 Who Killed Martin Hannett – The History of Factory Records' Musical Magician London: Aurum Press ISBN 978-1-845-13174-6 

See also

  • Biography portal
  • Education portal
  • Film portal
  • Greater Manchester portal
  • North East England portal
  • Rock music portal
  • Television in the United Kingdom portal
  • List of biographers
  • List of English writers
  • List of music artists and bands from Manchester
  • List of people from Newcastle upon Tyne
  • List of percussionists
  • List of rock musicians
  • List of singers


  1. ^ a b "Colin Sharp - Discography, biography, music, MP3s, credits, pictures & videos at SoundUnwound" Soundunwoundcom 9 September 1953 Retrieved 2 January 2012 
  2. ^ "Myspace" Blogsmyspacecom Retrieved 1 January 2012 
  3. ^ "The Roaring 80s - Discography, biography, music, MP3s, members, pictures & videos at SoundUnwound" Soundunwoundcom Retrieved 2 January 2012 
  4. ^ "SF Jive - Discography, biography, music, MP3s, members, pictures & videos at SoundUnwound" Soundunwoundcom Retrieved 2 January 2012 
  5. ^ "Glow - Discography, biography, music, MP3s, members, pictures & videos at SoundUnwound" Soundunwoundcom Retrieved 2 January 2012 
  6. ^ "Girls & Corpses" Girlsandcorpsescom Retrieved 2 January 2012 
  7. ^ Vernian Process Archived 10 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Staff 21 December 2007 "Zeroing in on Martin" BBC Manchester Retrieved 2 January 2012 
  9. ^ Database undated "Filmography by Type for Colin Sharp" Internet Movie Database Retrieved 25 September 2013
  10. ^ Sharp, Adam Daddy Was a Punk Rocker Retrieved 27 December 2014 

External links

  • Colin Sharp at AllMusic
  • Colin Sharp discography at Discogs
  • Colin Sharp on IMDb
  • Post-Punkcom - In Memoriam Colin Sharp on Tony Wilson
  • Facebook - Colin Sharp The Legend Tribute Facebook site

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