Mark E. Smith mural - 8 Clifton Road, Prestwich
This impressive mural of the mercurial frontman of The Fall was painted by graffiti artist Akse P19 as part of the Prestwich Art Festival in 2018.
The mural was painted 9 months after the underground rock icon died aged 60 after a battle with lung and kidney cancer, and features Smith smoking a cigarette in typically nonchalant fashion, alongside the quote ‘Fear is something I try not to absorb’, from an interview he gave to the Guardian newspaper in 2011.
Smith – who was born in Broughton, Salford in 1957 – founded The Fall were founded in Prestwich in 1976, and lived in the area for most of his life.
The Fall were one of the most prolific and acclaimed post-punk bands to emerge in the UK, and retained a large cult following right until Smith’s death. He was the only constant member of the group that notoriously had a high turnover of members. Smith once wittily remarked “if it’s me and yer granny on bongos, it’s the Fall.”
The mural is on the side of the fish and chip shop Chips @ No.8 on Clifton Road.