Presenter: John Robb

Series Producer: Alex Bradbury-Kuleczko

Series Producer: Byron Evans

Studio Manager: Ash Tidball

Executive Producer: Erik Knudsen

IMC Manager: John Sweeney

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Legendary guitarist Johnny Marr joins Salford University with a honorary professorship. Find out more in this exclusive interview with John Robb.

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An accomplished author & autobiographer, John is constantly in demand as a "cultural commentator" and 'pop pundit' on various TV and radio shows, and has produced and presented an award winning ten-part documentary on the history of punk rock. In 2008, John was made an Honorary Fellow at the University of Salford where he acts as cultural historian imparting his encyclopedic knowledge of the Manchester music scene to present-day students.

Zeitgeist is presented by Manchester journalist, author, broadcaster and musician, John Robb.

John was inspired by the DIY ethic of punk to form the critically-acclaimed Membranes who released several albums in the 1980s. The band toured the world several times. He then went on to write for the music paper Sounds and was the first person in the world to interview Nirvana as well as being the first to write about the new ‘Madchester’ scene in Sounds in the late eighties, coining the term 'Britpop' in 1989.

He has written several books including the best selling ‘The Stone Roses And The Resurrection Of British Pop’, the acclaimed ‘Punk Rock- An Oral History’ and his latest works, ‘Death To Trad Rock- The Post-Punk Fanzine Scene 1982-1987’, and ‘The North Will Rise Again - Manchester Music City 1976-1996’.

His current band, Goldblade, have released several critically-acclaimed albums including 2005's successful ‘Rebel Songs’. The band toured the world a number of times to packed houses, headlining punk festivals in Russia, Europe and America, as well as in the UK.

A selection of performances & interviews, including Delphic, Dutch Uncles, The Answering Machine, Kid British, Clint Boon, Peter Hook and Oceansize.

Photography, fine art, dance and craft feature heavily on Zeitgeist. Browse through past episodes here.

Sport, religion, architecture, performance, literature and dance. All features are researched and produced by undergraduates at the University of Salford.

Best Low Budget Programme - Royal Television Society (NW) Awards 2009