Building My Father’s Coffin

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About John Manchester

John Manchester made a living as a composer for 30 years. Now he he writes for a numer of online publications, including His memoir of his father and the 1960s, Escaping the Giant, and his thriller You Can't Write About Me can be previewed at Also visit the Manchester Music Library.


  1. Peter Houlihan says:

    That’s really amazing, thank you for sharing this. I’d be proud to be buried in such a coffin.

  2. Tom Matlack says:

    Great piece John. Thank you.

  3. Dad or Alive says:

    Thanks for sharing, loved it.


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