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Joan Armatrading: Apollo Theatre, Manchester

Idris Walters, Melody Maker, 10 March 1979

HER PEOPLE should market a badge that says, "JA From JA Is For Everyone". The hack was expecting the worst – high feminism on parade, a polishing of medals, a reclamation of this particular night courtesy wall-to-wall dykes-and-dungarees. But the crowd was merely self-conscious. And merely unisex.

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