Pete Shelley Biography for 2021


Ever Fallen For a New Pete Shelley Book?

In 2020, recordings surfaced of a series of long, personal and in-depth interviews between Pete and close friend Louie Shelley. Now, to be published with the blessing of Pete’s estate, these conversations will appear in a new book, Ever Fallen In Love.

Unseen Photographs

The book contains previously unseen photographs taken by Buzzcocks band members, as well as memorabilia, classic punk fanzines and record covers and artwork created for the book by Malcolm Garrett – designer of Buzzcocks’ iconic record sleeves and posters.

The Memoir Pete Shelley Never Wrote

Publisher Joe Cottington said, “This is the memoir that Pete never wrote. It’s a special thrill to hear him talk in his own words about Buzzcocks’ place at the heart of the punk scene.”

A Year on the Manchester Music Scene by Louie Shelley

Louie Shelley and Pete

Louie Shelley was a close friend of Pete Shelley’s, and no relation. She first met Buzzcocks while working as a journalist on the Manchester music scene in the late 1990s, going on to work with them in various capacities in the ensuing years. She remains involved in Buzzcocks projects, as well as the Pete Shelley Memorial Campaign.

Pete Shelley wrote the foreword for her previous book, A Year on the Manchester Music Scene.

The Pete Shelley Blue Plaque

The Blue Plaque to Pete Shelley

A blue plaque was unveiled to Pete Shelley in December 2020 by Wigan Council. Originally from Leigh, Shelley’s real name was Peter Campbell McNeish.  It bears the quote “Life’s an illusion, love is a dream.” The love goes on for The Buzzcock’s singer and songwriter. Everybody’s Happy Nowadays or at least, that Shelley’s own words are in this new biography from a friend.

Pre-order the new book here 




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