The day Morrissey came to tea: an extract from Dave Haslam’s memoir

In book Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor, the DJ recalls how the Smiths changed British music, and his charming days spent with Morrissey – on photo shoots, at the Haçienda, and over cauliflower cheese

• Read Miranda Sawyer’s interview with Dave Haslam

The second issue of Debris [Haslam’s fanzine] wasn’t going to write itself, so I made plans, wrote some ideas on scraps of paper and knocked on doors. Within a couple of weeks of the launch party, I’d arranged for Morrissey to come to my flat in Hulme.

The day after Boxing Day, 1983. That was the day Morrissey came for tea and I cooked him cauliflower cheese. Sometimes stuff happens and it’s only later you realise it was one of the highlights of your life.

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Boogie wonderlands: five of the most influential clubs of the last 100 years

Dancehalls, music venues and nightclubs are rich with personal and social history. Many have had an influence on music way beyond their four walls. But which have done it best?

The Hammersmith Palais de Danse opened in west London in October 1919. Vast and sumptuous, it was the blueprint for all the plush public dance halls that followed. Reviewers were madly enthusiastic. “This new super-palace of jazz and other dances of the day is declared to be without its equal as a dancing hall anywhere in Europe,” sang the Daily Express.

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