The Stone Roses

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The Stone Roses were a British alternative rock band formed in Manchester in 1984. They were one of the pioneering groups of the Madchester movement that was active during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The band's most notable lineup consisted of vocalist Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Gary "Mani" Mounfield, and drummer Alan "Reni" Wren.

The band released their début album, The Stone Roses, in 1989. The album was a breakthrough success for the band. At this time the Stone Roses decided to capitalise on their success by signing to a major label; however, their current record label Silvertone would not let them out of their contract, which led to a long legal battle that culminated with the band signing with Geffen Records in 1991, and then finally releasing their second album Second Coming in 1994. The group soon disbanded after several lineup changes throughout the supporting tour, which began with Reni first departing, followed by Squire.

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History

Formation and early releases

Vocalist Ian Brown and guitarist John Squire, who knew each other from secondary school, formed a short-lived band called The Patrol in 1980 along with Andy Couzens and drummer Simon Wolstencroft - a sister band of Stretford-based "Corrosive Youth".[1] After this Squire continued to play guitar[1] while working as an animator for Cosgrove Hall during the day, while Brown ran a Northern soul night in a Salford club. Squire started a new band, The Waterfront, with bassist Gary "Mani" Mounfield and a singer named Kaiser, influenced by 1960s groups and contemporary bands such as Orange Juice.[1] In 1983 Brown replaced Kaiser: shortly afterwards the band changed its name to The Stone Roses. The name derived from the song "English Rose" by The Jam and from The Rolling Stones).[1][2]).

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