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Photography by Beck McNally

Gary "Mani" Mounfield is a rock bassist, best known for being a member of The Stone Roses and Primal Scream.

Born in Crumpsall, North Manchester in 1962, Mani describes himself as Mancunian Irish and is a lifelong Manchester United fan. He attended Xaverian College in Rusholme, leaving aged sixteen. He joined The Stone Roses in 1987.

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The Stone Roses were one of the pioneering groups of the Madchester movement. The band released their debut album, The Stone Roses, in 1989. The album received critical acclaim, and it is regarded by many as one of the greatest British albums ever recorded. The Stone Roses released their second album, Second Coming. Mani played on both of the band's albums and was in the band until they disbanded in 1996. 

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Gary "Mani" Mountfield

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The Stone Roses

He joined Primal Scream shortly afterwards and was a full-time Primal Scream member until 2011 when following intense media speculation, the Stone Roses called a press conference in October 2011 to announce that the band had reunited and would perform a reunion world tour in 2012, including three homecoming shows in Heaton Park, Manchester.

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In 2016, the Stone Roses released their first new material in two decades. Mani and the band continued to tour until June 2017, at which point cryptic remarks by Ian Brown indicated the band had split again, which was later confirmed by Johns Squire in 2019

Mani had a guest role in the movie 24 Hour Party People (2002), and was in a supergroup band called Freebass with bass players Andy Rourke (ex-the Smiths) and Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order). Freebass disbanded before releasing its debut album, It's a Beautiful Life.

THE SHOOT: Old Trafford football stadium

Season ticket holder Martin, a fanatical Manchester United Fan considers Old Trafford his second home

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Student reflection: Katie Jones

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Meeting Martin for the first time and learning about his incredible journey was wonderful. I was so excited to be photographing him for the Greater Mancunians project.

We started the photoshoot outside the Old Trafford stadium, next to the 'United Trinity' statue, where we had to tackle the intense winter sunlight to get the best image. We placed Martin in the shade of the statue so we could still capture the stadium behind him, we used a reflector to bounce light into the shaded  areas of the shot, this helped us pull out a few great images. We then moved into the stadium grabbing the opportunity to position Martin in-front of the team dug outs next to the pitch. Martin was easy to work with and open to suggestions and poses and was clearly enjoying experience of being pitch side in his beloved Old Trafford. We completed the shoot up in the disabled seating area, where we took the opportunity to photograph Martin against the backdrop of the stadium.

Photographing Martin in such an icon location was a fantastic opportunity for me to test my photography skills and build my confidence and communication skills, which will certainly help me in future projects. Being apart of the Greater Mancunians was just amazing and I would love to be considered for future shoots.

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Katie Jones, Martin & Katie O'Neill

The shoot

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