Andy Spinoza arrived in Manchester an 18-year-old student in 1979 with a head full of music and politics, and never went back to London.
He founded alternative magazine City Life in 1983, before serving ten years as a gossip columnist for the Manchester Evening News.
An original member of the Hacienda, he also reported for the NME and The Face on the city’s music scene.
He promoted the dynamic new post-industrial Manchester after moving into PR in 1998, bringing together Tony Wilson and future city mayor Andy Burnham, and working with public figures including Sir Alex Ferguson, Gary Neville and Pep Guardiola.
In 2022, University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library acquired his collection of print and memorabilia as part of its British Pop Archive.
Married with three grown-up children, Andy lives in Stockport with his wife Lynne.