September 27th, 2016

Heaven knows Kirk isn’t miserable now

Heaven knows Kirk isn’t miserable now Heaven knows Kirk isn’t miserable now
Vinyl countdown - Smashed Hits artist Kirk Whitehouse and Gary Neville with the Born to Run piece due to be auctioned for Salford Lads' Club. (s)
Updated: 9:31 am, Aug 16, 2016

AN ARTIST who specialises in recreating famous album covers with broken vinyl has proved a hit with England and Man Utd legend Gary Neville.

Kirk Whitehouse, a former pupil at Woodrush High School in Hollywood, has been on tour with Tim Burgess of The Charlatans who is promoting “Tim Book Two – Vinyl Adventures from Istanbul to San Francisco”.

Kirk, who is famed on social media for his “Smashed Hits: Broken Vinyl” project, was invited by the indie band frontman to create a piece for the book which extols Tim’s love for records.

The albums featured were recommended to Tim to be bought from record stores across the world by the likes of Iggy Pop, Kevin Rowland, Paul Weller, Sharon Horgan and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville.

Kirk recreated the cover of Born in the USA¬†by Bruce Springsteen – Gary’s choice for Tim Book Two – as a broken vinyl piece. To say Gary was blown away with the result is an understatement.

The former full-back was special guest when the tour stopped off at Salford Lads Club – the venue made famous by The Smiths’ The Queen is Dead album – and he was thrilled with the finished work.

Gary accepted the gift but insisted on paying Kirk full whack for a replacement and insisted on the original being used to raise funds for Salford Lads’ Club meaning¬†album artwork was used to raise money for a building made famous by album artwork. Tim and Gary have signed the back.

Gary told The Standard: “Kirk’s broken vinyl artworks are brilliant. He kindly made a version of the album I chose for Tim’s book.

“My first thought was how much we could raise for Salford Lads’ Club but my second thought was how much I liked it. We struck a deal and we’ll raise money with one and Kirk has kindly agreed to make me another”

Follow @tim_burgess @gnev2 and @salfordladsclub on Twitter for the latest on the auction.

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