Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie (12A) plus Q&A with John Otway

We are pleased to welcome John Otway for a post screening Q&A with Mick Middles, music journalist, author of The Factory Story and over 20 books, mainly concerning Manchester’s musical history.

In Rock and Roll’s Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie, cult legend John Otway returns to his old school to give a course on survival in the music industry.

In the midst of Britain’s 1970s punk revolution and after a momentous TV appearance where five and a half million viewers watched him land painfully on his testicles, Otway was high in the charts. Too bad his next hit was 25 years later.

John Otway’s career is an educational, yet magical lesson in self-promotion. He is known for recruiting his fans for endless manipulative, over-the-top projects which, among others, garnered him status as The Nation’s 7th Favorite Lyricist in a BBC poll, and secured him a Top Ten Hit for his 50th birthday and a feature movie for his 60th.

Failure has its rewards. It’s kept Otway in the spotlight for 35 years.

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Fear not Cornerhouse Digital Reporter Matt Akers spoke to Otway before the event to discuss inspirations and on stage acrobatics…