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It was 30 years ago, in the summers of 1988 and ‘89, that a euphoric new kind of dance music called house set the world aflame. Graeme Park was one of the DJs who kindled the blaze in overheated nights at the now legendary Haçienda club in Manchester. As house spread around the globe, Parky was one of the first British DJs to take to the world stage. Today, he remains as in-demand as ever, from the UK to Dubai, and has now curated a triple- CD, Long Live House Volume 01: 1980s that catalogues the music’s genesis.

How did you become a DJ?

My late grandfather gave me his clarinet when I was 11 and I ended up playing saxophone and singing in bands. I got offered a job in a record shop called Selectadisc in Nottingham, because I was always in there, and one day the owner came back from lunch and said he’d bought the Ad Lib Club, which was a reggae club nobody went to. We all said, “You’re crazy,” but he said, “It’s not going to be called that anymore. It’s going to be the Garage and you, Graeme, are going to be the DJ, playing all the fantastic music you play in the shop.” I reluctantly agreed to do it for a bit, but it turned out I loved it.

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Issue 50 of Classic Pop is on sale now! For our 50th issue, we had to come up with something very special – and we certainly have… our cover stars this month are The Specials, hot on the heels of the release of their superb chart-topping album, Encore. Our must-read interview with the band delves into their remarkable comeback and the story behind their superb new record. We also catch up with the iconic Gloria Estefan who tells us how she brought Latin grooves to the world and Bonnie Tyler talks us through her new studio album, which features a hotly-anticipated duet with Sir Rod Stewart. 30 years on, we celebrate New Order’s Technique in our latest Classic Album feature and we also serve up a buyer’s guide to the blue-eyed soul of Simply Red. As Wet Wet Wet face the future without Marti Pellow, we meet the band as they embark on a fresh chapter with new frontman, The Voice winner Kevin Simm. Our packed new album reviews section features the wonderful return of Chaka Khan plus Dido, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Paul Weller. On the reissues front, we check out a must-have 10-CD Heaven 17 boxset plus re-releases from David Bowie, Sparks, Erasure and more. In our live reviews section, we elbow our way down to the front for Gary Numan and Echo & The Bunnymen at the Rockaway Beach Festival plus gigs by Chrvches and The Christians. Enjoy the issue!