In the late 1980s, Steve Cresser – aka Cressa – was hailed in i-D magazine as “the face of Manchester”, he went on the road with Happy Mondays, and was onstage with the Stone Roses at their big shows and their first TV appearance – even being described as “to all intents and purposes the fifth member of the Stone Roses”. In the mid-1990s he co-founded a band called Bad Man Wagon, became close friends with both Damien Hirst and Joe Strummer but then disappeared from view.
What happened to Cressa? He became addicted to heroin and homeless, then attacked and hospitalised. Drawing on a series of intimate interviews, Dave Haslam tells Cressa’s profoundly moving story from the inside of the world of music and the depths of addiction.
‘Not All Roses’ is the sixth book in Dave Haslam’s highly original short format series Art Decades, which explores a variety of subjects rooted in cities, in recent history and lived experience, and a love for music, literature, and art.