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Marr lectures on music mavericks

Johnny Marr (front) with Salford students
Marr (front) is going to be addressing Salford's students on a regular basis

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr is to make his debut as a lecturer next month as the visiting professor of music at Salford University.

He will talk to students on 4 November about "mavericks" and "innovators" in the Maxwell Hall, where he played one of The Smiths' final concerts in 1986.

He was appointed a year ago to hold workshops, masterclasses and talks.

After The Smiths split up, Marr went on to appear in bands such as Electronic and is now a member of Modest Mouse.

John Sweeney from the university's School of Media, Music and Performance described Marr as "a revered guitarist and composer".

He was also "the most influential guitarist of the last 25 years", Mr Sweeney added, "held in the highest esteem by many of his fellow performers."

"His lecture is a tremendous opportunity for our students and the wider public to benefit from his considerable experience and expertise. It promises to be a really special event."

The lecture, entitled Always from the Outside: Mavericks, Innovators and Building Your Own Ark, is also open to the public.

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