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The Stone Roses were one of the most influential bands to come out of Britain during the late 1980s. Along with the Happy Mondays and the Charlatans[?], they comprised the core of the Madchester Baggy scene, centered around Manchester, England.

Formed during the early-1980's from the remnants of a local Manchester band called 'The Patrol'., the line-up featured Ian Brown[?] (vocals), John Squire[?] (guitar), Gary Mounfield[?] - "Mani" (bass), and Alan Wren[?] - "Reni" (drums). They are considered to be one of the founders of the Britpop music genre (see Oasis, Blur, and Radiohead).

They released a self-title album in 1989. A flood of singles followed during the next few years, as well extended legal battles with their record label, Silvertone. They played several legendary live shows, including one on Spike Island in the middle of the Mersey River[?].

Eventually they wrangled themselves out of their contract with Silvertone and signed a large contract with Geffen Records. In early 1995, the Stone Roses released their long-awaited follow-up album, Second Coming.

The band began to dismantle with the departure of Reni, who was followed on 1 April 1996 by John Squire[?]. The band persevered for another year before Ian Brown[?] and Mani dissolved the group.

John Squire[?] formed the Seahorses[?], who released one album before breaking up. He recently (2002) released his first solo album. Gary Mounfield[?] joined Primal Scream as bassist. Ian Brown[?] has released several solo albums.

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